Simmered or Refried Beans

Simmered or Refried Beans
First prepare these simmered beans:

2 cups dried beans (pinto, black, or pink), washed
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 bay leaf
Place the above ingredients in 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hrs.
Remove bay leaf, add ¼ t salt and cook 15 minutes longer.


Heat 1 T vegetable oil in frying pan; add 2 cloves finely chopped garlic. Cook 1 minute. Stir in 3 cups of simmered beans with broth. Cook and stir, mashing beans lightly with a fork until bean mixture is a thick paste, but not dry. Add more broth as needed.  Can store simmered or refried beans for 3 days in a  refrigerator in a glass or plastic container.

About Tamara Lewis

I'm in my 65th year of discovering how to have a Vibrant Life - 37 of those years have been teaching elementary school children. I love to travel - I've been across mainland U.S., in Hawaii, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Canada. R.V. camping is one of my favorite ways to travel. I also enjoy reading, writing and spending time with friends and family. I'm a small group leader for Bible Study Fellowship and enjoy attending Buena Park Christian Fellowship. Most of these posts are a result of a lot of reading, listening, thought and experience.
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