Generously film the bottom of a 10-inch skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions with salt and pepper to taste until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
Add the garlic, jalapeño, cinnamon, and cloves, and cook the mix until it is fragrant, about 1 minute, taking care not to burn the spices. Add the tomatoes, crushing them as they go into the pan. (Do this carefully, or they may squirt juice at you.) Sauté for another minute.
Stir in the beans and water. Bring to a fast simmer, crushing the beans with a potato masher as they cook, and scraping the bottom of the pan as the beans begin to thicken. Simmer until the beans are thick, about 10 minutes.
Blend in the butter, and taste for seasoning just before serving.
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