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Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

Refried Beans

"These beans can be made ahead and frozen either whole or refried. They taste great as a side dish or in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos. They're best when they've sat overnight, which makes them softer and better for mashing." —Theresa Marquez

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried pinto beans
  • 20 cups water, divided
  • 2 ounces salt pork
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preparation

Sort and wash beans; place in a pressure cooker. Add 10 cups water. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat (about 7 minutes). Cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat; place pressure cooker under cold running water. Remove lid. Drain beans, discarding liquid.

Return beans to the pressure cooker. Add 10 cups water, salt pork, and garlic. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat (about 7 minutes). Adjust heat to medium or level to maintain high pressure; cook 1 hour. Remove from heat; place pressure cooker under cold running water. Remove lid.

Discard salt pork. Cool the beans to room temperature.

Drain beans, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the beans, reserved cooking liquid, and salt. Mash the bean mixture with a potato masher to desired consistency. Cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese.

Note: To prepare in a pan: Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above the beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans. Add beans, 10 cups water, salt pork, and garlic to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 45 minutes or until beans are tender. Continue with discarding salt pork and complete the recipe as directed.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 242
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 13.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 30.8g
  • Fiber: 11.8g
  • Cholesterol: 17mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 373mg
  • Calcium: 160mg
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