Smoky Refried Beans

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Once you've made your own beans you will never go back to the can. There simply is no substitute. They are quick, simple, and delicious.

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  • add   1 teaspoon chili powder (less for a lower heat-tolerance)
  • add   2 tablespoons canola oil
  • add   1 teaspoon cumin
  • add   1/2 lime
  • add   2 garlic cloves
  • add   2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained, reserving 1/4 cup of liquid (black beans also work well)


  1. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add whole garlic cloves and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes.
  3. Smash garlic cloves with a fork just enough to break them open and flatten them a little.
  4. Add pintos and liquid and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add spices and salt to taste. Stir well.
  6. Turn the heat down to medium-low and smash beans with a big fork. You don't have to smash every single bean. Leave some whole for texture.
  7. When mashed to your liking, squeeze the lime juice all over the beans and serve warm.
  8. These beans make a great taco filling or tostada topping. My husband likes them mixed with a little salsa and eaten as a dip.