Refried Beans with Cheese Recipe

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Refried Beans with Cheese

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at www.dorothymcnett.com. Cook your own beans or use good quality canned ones. This is great tucked into tortillas and rolled.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 cups cooked pinto beans
about 1/4 cup of the bean cooking liquid, or vegetable stock
1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or as desired
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 - 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a large skillet, heat the oil. Add and sizzle the cumin seeds for 10 seconds while stirring. Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onions are soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add about 1/3 of the cooked beans and 2-3 tablespoons of the liquid, mashing the beans with the back of a spoon or a potato masher. While the mixture is simmering continue to add the beans and liquid in batches, mashing as you go. Add cayenne and salt. Cook until the liquids evaporate and the mixture thickens and "fries" a bit. Scatter the grated cheese over the hot bean mixture,either stirring it into or just leaving it on top to melt and then serve.

Recipe created 1997-03-03.

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