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From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. This is a recipe for making refried beans from dried pinto beans. It does take some time as the beans need to soak at least 6 hours or overnight, and then they cook for another hour or so. If you do not have the time to do this, you can use a can of refried beans. It is the onion and bacon drippings that gives refried beans their best taste.
1 pound dried pinto beans
Rinse beans and place in a large pan with the 8 - 10 cups cold water. Let stand overnight, or at least 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse the beans. Place beans in large pan with a lid. Add the 6 cups water and the diced onion. Bring to a boil, reduce to low simmer. Cover and cook about 1 - 2 hours or until beans are tender. In meantime, cook enough bacon to give about 1/2 cup fat. If necessary, you can add enough butter to make at least 1/2 cup of fat. Mash beans with a potato masher, adding the bacon drippings. Mix well, and continue to cook, stirring often until the beans are thickened and the fat has been absorbed. Taste, adding more salt if needed. Serve as a side dish, or use as desired in many recipes.
Recipe created 2013-04-30.