Refried Black Beans

December 30, 2009

Author Notes:

Here in the Southwest we eat a LOT of beans of all sorts - as a side dish, main dish, dip, breakfast lunch or dinner, stuffing for a tamale or empanada, BBQ, south of the border - you get the idea. Think Bubba and his shrimp in Forrest Gump. These beans are a great dip or side, or a starting place for .. (see above)


Serves: 4-6


Beans - part 1

  • 1 cup dry black beans
  • 1 dry ancho chili
  • 3 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Beans - part 2

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • juice from 1 lime
  • queso fresco
  • corn tortillas
  • olive oil non - stick spray
  • chili lime salt or cumin and kosher salt
In This Recipe


Beans - part 1

  1. soak the beans for 6-8 hours (or overnight - extra time won't hurt them) with 2 tbs cumin
  2. remove the stem and seeds from the chili and coarsly chop it
  3. drain the water from the beans and put all of the ingredients in a pot, cover with water and simmer until very soft. ** NOTE - I got a pressure cooker for Christmas and it cooked my beans in SEVEN, yes SEVEN minutes. Get a pressure cooker is my advice. ** NOTE 2 - if you haven't the time or patience to cook dry beans, just simmer 3 cups of canned beans with the above ingredients for a few minutes, using only 1 tbs cumin, and proceed.

Beans - part 2

  1. heat olive oil to medium and saute onions til they sweat. add the garlic and saute a couple more minutes.
  2. add the black beans and oregano. Saute for 2-3 more minutes.
  3. turn off the heat. Add the cilantro and lime. Using a potato masher or big fork, mash the beans to a coarse texture (you want them to retain some "beaniness").
  4. serve with crumbled queso fresco, cilantro, and chili lime chips (see below) . A good Mexican beer is highly recommended.
  5. CHILI LIME CHIPS: heat the oven to 400. Spray a sheet with non-stick spray. Cut the tortillas into quarters and lay them on the sheet (the number depends on how many chips you want), spray them again with non-stick. Sprinkle them with chili lime salt (see my TRIO OF CITRUS SALTS recipe) OR salt and cumin. Bake until golden and crunchy.

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Reviews (6) Questions (0)

6 Reviews

emcsull April 25, 2016
I take it the cumin is ground ? Or not ?
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aargersi April 25, 2016
Yep! Ground!
onesweepotato January 10, 2011
I made a variation on this recipe this week to create black beans and have used them in several dishes (quesadillas, huevos rancheros, taco salad, nachos). <br /> <br />Loved the suggestion to use cumin infused water to soak the beans. <br /> <br />
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aargersi January 10, 2011
Oh good I am so glad you like them!!
nannydeb December 31, 2009
I want that right now! I'm a big fan of canned beans for spur of the moment appetizers, meals, etc.
La452 December 30, 2009
Looks great. And I bet it goes great with that beer.