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Anytime we have tacos or nachos at our house, it’s usually due to an incredibly busy schedule or lack of ingredients in the pantry! So as you can guess, we’ve been eating a ton of tacos and nachos lately! A newly added side to our dinners have been easy refried black beans. I never realized how easy they really are, if you just plan ahead a little bit. Anytime you cook with dry beans, you have to make time for soaking-but once that’s done you don’t have to do much more! This is another recipe that can be molded to whatever flavor profile your family enjoys. You can make it hot or mild-whatever your choosing. Think of it as a good base for your creativity!
Here is our family’s super easy way to make refried beans at home with very little effort:
Easy Refried Black Beans
What You Need:
- 3 cups dried black beans
- 2 cups vegetable broth (you can totally use chicken broth or beef broth too, I just prefer the veggie flavor!)
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- juice of one lime
Place the beans in your crockpot fully submerged in water to soak over night.
Once the beans have been soaked-drain the water, add fresh water to completely cover, and cook on low for approx 8 hours or until tender.
Once they are tender, drain the water and add the remainder of ingredients.
You can mash until your desired consistency or do like we do and use the handy dandy immersion blender! (not sure what I would do without this thing!)
Cook a little longer until thick and yummy! You can also add salt and pepper to taste at this point, or any other seasoning that fits your fancy!
That’s pretty much it! It makes quite a bit and will last about a week in the fridge (haven’t tried freezing it…yet!). The recipe possibilities are pretty much endless. You don’t have to just go traditional and use with tex-mex.
If you are looking for a little more traditional recipe you can also try ours for Easy Refried Beans.
Would you make these easy refried black beans? What other ways would you use refried beans?