- 1 pound pinto beans
- 3 quarts water
- 2 Tbsp EVOO
- 1/4 Cup water
First go through the pinto beans to make sure that none of them are bad.
Put the beans in a pot and cover them with 3 quarts of water.
Bring the water to a boil, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Drain the water from the beans.
Return the pot to the burner and lower the temp to low. Add the water and oil to the beans and smash the beans with a potato masher or similar device.
The beans are done when they are all smashed.
This recipe makes about 2.5 lbs of re-(not)fried beans. We purchase one pound of beans for about 75 cents. A 15-ounce can of refried beans from the store costs at least $1 (expect to pay more for organic, natural or just less preservative-type beans). Fifteen ounces of homemade refried beans, then, cost just 28 cents. And there's no preservatives, no extra crap - just yummy beans and EVOO. The beans can be frozen, or you can always half the batch.