How to Make Refried Black Beans

People do get bored after eating the same dish time and again. No matter how delicious it is, you will surely start hating one particular thing if you eat it too many times. Thanks to the chefs, a lot of wonderful recipes have been introduced now.

Refried Black Beans not only sound unique, but their taste is also quite awesome. The dish is particularly famous in United States of America (USA), as you will find it almost at every dining table especially on the weekend.

It has an interesting history as well. The dish is considered to be southern Mexico’s answer to the Refried Pinto Beans. It has gained massive popularity, because it is very easy to prepare.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 50-60 min
Total Time: 80-90 min
Yield: 08 servings

Ingredients:
Salt: 1 tablespoon plus more for frying
Bacon: 03 strips (coarsely chopped and fried until crisp)
Lard for frying: 1/2 cup
Crumbled Mexican Cheese or mild feta: 1/4 lb
Dried black beans: 2 cups
Habanero Chilies: 02
Branches epazote: 2-3
Fresh Mint: 01 Sprig (optional)

Instructions

  • 1

    The procedure begins with the careful inspection of the beans. Take no more than a half cup of beans in a large plate, and remove all the damaged ones. Remember, there should be no stone among the beans.

  • 2

    After that, rinse the beans in a strainer. Use only cool water for this. There are chances that warm water will spoil their taste.

  • 3

    It is the time to turn the burner on. Take a large skillet with at least eight cups of water in it. Add the beans to the water, and set the heat to maximum. Cook the beans for a couple of minutes after they reach a rapid boil. Meanwhile, skim any gray foam that comes to the water surface.

  • 4

    Now lower the heat, and let the beans simmer at least for 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, add salt, bacon, chillies and mint.

  • 5

    Keep cooking the beans for another 30 minutes until they are tender. Add a little more water, if required. After that, remove the chillies and mint while keeping the beans warm.

  • 6

    Take another pot, and heat one tablespoon of lard. When the oil is hot, add no more than a cup of beans alongside their liquid.

  • 7

    It is the time to use the potato masher. Mash the beans with full force, making sure that there is no whole bean present in the pot.

  • 8

    Fry the mashed beans for a few minutes, and then transfer the material to a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt before garnishing with the Mexican cheese. Repeat the same process with the remaining beans.

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