I was making some beef burritos one night and I thought to myself,
"These would be excellent with some retried beans...but I don't have any in my pantry...although I still have some dried beans left from that huge 5 lb I bought for canning...no that will take too long...but what about the quarts of pinto beans I canned from that bag? ...yes! I intended to use them in chilli, but I could easily make them into refried beans...YES!"
Thus went my inner monologue. At least it wasn't out loud and I was not asking and answering my own questions, not that I would ever do such a thing. After a quick google search to get a second opinion I decided to give them a try.
And yes they were so wonderful, gently spiced and fresh they reminded me of my first mission trip in Honduras!
Here is all I used: 1 quart pinto beans, 4tbsp bacon grease, salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, onion and garlic powder
Heat the bacon grease, lard, whatever you normally cook with in a large skillet.
Add beans cook for 15 minutes until easily smashed with spatula.
If necessary, add a small bit of water.
Add spices to taste.
Try not to eat the entire bowl before the rest of the meal is finished cooking, but if it DOES happen...I won't judge!