Refried Beans (with a vegan option)
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Refried Beans (with a vegan option)

refried beansPrep Time: 3-12 hours, Cook Time: 90 minutes


1 pound dry beans
1 gallon water
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp cumin
1 hot pepper, minced (optional – can also use chili powder)
1 tbsp salt (more to taste)
¼ cup oil or lard

Rinse beans thoroughly in a large pot. Add water and soak for 3 hours up to overnight. Cook on high heat until boiling. Reduce to medium-high and add garlic, cumin, and pepper. Cook for 90 minutes, stirring every 10-20 minutes and adding water as needed. Cook until beans are very soft. Drain until water is slightly higher than the level of the beans, add lard or oil, and blend with an immersion blender or a conventional blender. Beans will keep for 3-4 days, so freeze any that you don’t expect to use in that time.


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