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What is a good recipe for Mexican refried beans?

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To make Mexican refried beans, first, boil 1 pound of dried pinto beans in 2 quarts of salted water for 2 hours before draining and mashing the beans and seasoning them with chili powder, onion, garlic and other seasonings. Fry in lard or vegetable shortening for five to eight minutes.

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What is a good recipe for Mexican refried beans?
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Making Mexican refried beans from scratch is a two-stage process. Although you can start with canned pinto beans, you’ll get a more traditional flavor if you cook your own. Rinse 1 pound of dried pintos, and put them in a large pot. Add 2 quarts of salted water and bring to a roiling boil. Reduce the heat, and cook for 2 hours or until tender, adding liquid as necessary to prevent sticking. When the beans are finished, reserve a cup of the liquid and drain the beans.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of pork or beef lard, vegetable shortening or oil. For bigger flavor, sauté minced onions, garlic and chiles over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Carefully add the beans to the hot fat, and season with dry spices such as chili powder and paprika.

Mash the beans with a potato ricer, fork or spoon. For a more rustic texture, leave more beans whole. Extra mashing yields a creamy texture. Add small amounts of the reserved liquid as necessary to keep the beans from drying. Fry for five to eight minutes, reducing heat as necessary.

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