The other day I was making tacos for dinner when I realized that I had used up the last can of refried beans. See, I really, really like beans and on my tacos they are one of my favorite things! I was crushed…
I didn't have time to go to the grocery store so I jumped online to see how easy they would be to make them myself. Guess what? If you plan ahead you can make them real easy…only problem was I had not planned ahead and had about 10 minutes to figure this out! I had no time to soak beans (even a quick soak would take too long). So !reached for a can of pinto beans and went to work.
This is one of my favorite ways to eat refried beans: Whole Wheat tortilla, refried beans, jalapenos, tomatoes and fresh cilantro!
1 can of pinto beans, rinsed and drained (I try to find the canned beans that have the fewest ingredients in them. A lot of beans have added sugar???)
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 small can of chopped green chilies
- Drain and rinse pinto beans.
- Place in small saucepan over medium heat and add water.
- As the beans heat mash them with a potato masher or fork.
- Add all spices and stir well
- Add green chilies and cook on low heat stirring frequently until they reach your desired consistency.
I really need to try this with pinto beans that have been soaked overnight but I just never seem to be able to plan that far ahead…hehehe!
****Did you know that a 1/4 cup serving of fat free refried beans only have 1/2 a WW Point???? That whole lunch above is only 1-1/2 WW Points!