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Refried beans are the essential ingredient for Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. They are ideal for freezing.

Refried beans recipe
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:468
Ready in:14 hours
Prep. time:12 hours
Cook time:2 hours
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:17th March 2013

Best recipe review

Better than El Paso


Fresher and not at all cloying or gloopy (which the tinned stuff is!) Jerry


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  1. Soak the beans overnight in plenty of water. Drain and re-rinse.
  2. Boil the beans in 1.2 litres (2 pints) of water boil until tender. Reserve the cooking water.
  3. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil and butter and fry the the onion until soft.
  4. Add the bacon and fry it until cooked, but not crispy.
  5. Mash the beans, a potato ricer or masher is good for this, then mix them with the fried bacon and onion.
  6. Stir in a little of the reserved cooking water so the beans are the same consistency as double cream.

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