Monday, August 9, 2010

Simple Refried Beans & Homemade Tortilla Chips

I love refried beans. Tasty, smooth, nutritious, and easy to make, they're a great food to have around when you're craving junk food. Nachos with homemade refried beans are much better for you than that can of bean dip or a run to Taco Bell. Just look at how simple it is to make your own batch.

Refried Beans

What You Need:
  • 1/2 lb dry beans (or 2 to 3 cans of pinto beans, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 an onion, diced
  • 1/2 a jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • optional added nutrition: 2 to 3 small sweet peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
How it's Done:
  1. If you're starting from dried beans (and please do. They're so easy, affordable, and much tastier than their canned counterparts), sort through the beans and dump them in your slow cooker. Cover with water almost up to the top of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low overnight. After breakfast,  drain the beans and continue making your refried beans. If you're using canned beans, be sure to rinse them very well.
  2. Let your machines do the work for you. Dump the beans, onion, peppers, garlic powder, oil, salt, and pepper into your food processor. Process until mostly smooth. I like to leave some chunks in mine, You can make yours as smooth or chunky as you like.
  3. Store tightly covered in the fridge.
Refried Beans Before Processing...

And after...

Look at these cute tortilla chips I made! I simply followed my recipe for corn tortillas, adding food coloring, then I cut them into quarters and fried them in olive oil. How fun!


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I love refried beans too! God bless the food processor, its the best tool ever for refried beans :) The chips are great, too, love the colors. I'll have to make some of these for my little one :)

Michelle said...

I use my food processor almost daily. It's such a huge help in my kitchen. :)

Jenn said...

I love the multi color chips! That has to be fun for your kids for sure (and you too!!)! I have just recently become a fan of refried beans...I had them once when I was in high school and they were not good at all....and that's putting it nicely!

Yenta Mary said...

Chips with refried beans are a great, easy snack! I love the colored chips ... :)

Sharlene T. said...

Yummy... wish I'd thought of coloring the chips... love refried beans, too... come visit when you can...

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Jacqueline said...

Oh, our favorite restaurant in Cabo does colored chips. Why didn't I think of adding food coloring. That is such a great idea! They must add some spice too because their red ones have a big kick. I need to get the tortilla press. I do it without or use my electric one and I know it isn't as good. My mom had one, wonder who ended up with that!

StephenC said...

I'm too lazy to start with dry beans or make my own tacos. I have, however, made refritos on more than one occasion. Love it, love it. Thanks for reminding me I haven't had them in quite a while.

Lisa said...

I feel like a fool, never thought to use my food processor for refried beans, I always mash them by hand. I'm going into my kitchen right now and putting some dried pintos into my crock pot.

TheCraftBarn said...

Yummy!! I featured this recipe (and your recipe for Make ahead Pizza Dough & Sticks) on my Yummy Wednesday blog post!

M @ Betty Crapper said...

That looks so good. I wish I had a slow cooker sometimes. I really need to get one soon.

Kim said...

My son and I made the tortillas yesterday in yellow, green, blue and pink (everyone chose their colour). The left-overs were fabulous fried in the olive oil today. Yum-O!

Lisa said...

I made these last night and they were fantastic! Only difference is that I used some ground cayenne instead of jalapeno, since I didn't have any. Loved the texture of the beans pureed in the food processor, thanks!!!

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