Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pantry Challenge Challenge - No Refried Beans!

I wanted to make my Grandma's Dip the other day, but it calls for refried beans and we didn't have any in the pantry.  I remembered my friend, Kristy, telling me she made her own refried beans so I decided to give it a try.

First, I found a recipe that I had the ingredients to make. 

I started by cooking the pinto beans.  I boiled them for about 15 minutes then let them soak for about 2 hours before I started cooking them again.  I added tomatoes & spices.

And I cooked until soft.

Then I mashed them with a potato masher.

This is how they ended up looking.
They actually tasted pretty bland so I might try a different recipe next time.  Luckily these ones got mixed with Salsa and put into the layered dip so it didn't matter too much.
Next time I also might try my immersion blender to see if I can get a smoother mixture.
Does anyone have a homemade refried bean mixture they like?  I'm also looking for a "pork'n'beans" type recipe.

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