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.