Refried Beans and Guacamole

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

Refried Beans and Guacamole

This was our dinner the other night.  A little different.  And considering I made the chips from scratch it didn’t really take any less time than a more traditional dinner, but it was still really good.  Plus you could use store bought chips if you really wanted too.  I actually had the refried beans frozen from making them another time and they were just as good defrosted and warmed up a little.  I know a lot of people think refried beans are bad for you but check out the recipe.  It’s just basically beans.  Nothing bad for you in there, and if you like garlic and cumin, you’ll love them.  Plus if you have a crockpot you just throw them in and forget about them all day.  As for the guacamole, Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga made her Cheaters Guacamole earlier in the week and we had avocados that needed using so that’s where the inspiration for this meal came from 🙂

Refried Beans and Guacamole

 

Ingredients
  • 4 medium avocados
  • Juice of 1-2 limes depending on the size of avocados and limes
  • 1/2 a small red onion very finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • Half a bunch of cilantro optional
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper very finely chopped optional
Instructions
  1. Mash the avocados with a fork till the desired consistency and then add all the other ingredients and mix well.  I reserve some tomatoes to put on top.  If you want very smooth guacamole you can add all the ingredients except the tomatoes to a food processor and blend till smooth, then stir in the tomatoes or just top the guacamole with them.

Refried Beans and Guacamole

Ingredients
  • 3 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1 onion
  • 9 cups water
  • 2-4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients except the salt in a crockpot.  Turn on high for 8 hours.  At the end of cooking, remove some of the liquid(I use a soup ladle and just remove about a cup of liquid if I can).  Take an immersion blender, or transfer the beans to a blender or food processor and blend till the desired consistency.  Add back as much of the reserved liquid as needed to make the right consistency.  Keep in mind the beans will firm up a little as they cool down so add a little more liquid than you think you need.  Then add in the salt starting with 2 teaspoons, stirring and tasting before adding more.  This recipe makes a lot but they freeze very well.  You can always half the recipe if you want.

Refried Beans and Guacamole

And the chips I made from homemade corn tortillas using masa harina, water and salt, or you could use store bought corn tortillas if you like.  Just lightly brush each tortilla with a flavorless oil and sprinkle with sea salt.  Then cut into quarters or sixths and lay out on a baking sheet in one layer and bake in a 350 degree oven till just barely golden.  Cool before serving.

Refried Beans and Guacamole

 

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1 Alejandra October 1, 2013 at

Do you have a recipe for refried beans without using a crockpot?

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2 Heidi @ Food Doodles October 1, 2013 at

Sorry Alejandra, I don’t. But the idea would be the same, if you’re cooking the beans from scratch, I’d soak them overnight to reduce the cooking time, then add all the same ingredients to the pot(not adding the salt at the beginning of cooking!) and then simmer covered over low or medium low heat until very very tender. The point is to overcook the beans. I usually cook my beans almost an hour so that their tender enough for eating but for refried beans I’d probably cook them at least an hour and a half if not longer. Then puree, salt to taste and enjoy!

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3 Bonny May 12, 2011 at

MMM, it was really good… I loved the refried beans!

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4 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 13, 2011 at

I’m glad you enjoyed them!! 😀

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5 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} May 10, 2011 at

Fast load for me! I love this dinner. Looks fantastic. I’m definitely bookmarking this to try your homemade refried beans. I’ve never made them before but would love to try. I think traditional refried beans are fried in bacon fat or something, which is where the bad rep comes from, but your version is much healthier!

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6 Just Audrey May 10, 2011 at

This looks amazing! I love how you made everything from scratch.

The site loads fine for me…which is good because lately my Internet has been acting wonky on loading some other sites.

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7 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

Thank you!

And thanks so much for the input! My computer has been doing weird things lately too so I had to make sure it was just my computer and not my site.

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8 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 10, 2011 at

Refried beans are so delicious and I love how you posted a healthy recipe! 😀

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9 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

I agree 😀 Glad you like it!

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10 NO name May 10, 2011 at

Just to say no problems with loading here!!!

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11 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

Thank you!

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12 Brooke (The Flour Sack) May 10, 2011 at

I just stumbled upon your site and love it! I need to try your Pad Thai very soon – Yum! Looks like you have a great collection of recipes. I’ll be back 🙂

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13 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

Awesome! I’m so glad you found me 😀 Thanks for stopping and saying hi!

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14 Faith May 10, 2011 at

Your site loaded quickly for me, including the photos.

What a fun dinner idea! I love refried beans and guac…and I bet they were amazing with your homemade chips!

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15 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

Great, thank you for letting me know!

Mmm, thank you! It was perfect for how we were feeling. It would be awesome on a day that’s too hot to cook much 🙂

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16 Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh May 9, 2011 at

Sounds like the perfect dinner for me.
My husband and I love guacamole and chips..we go through entire bags of chips and too many avocados 🙂
The site loaded really fast when I logged one by the way

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17 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 10, 2011 at

Us too 🙂 I couldn’t keep the baby out of it either, haha.
Awesome, thanks for your input Ari 😀

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18 Karis' Kitchen May 9, 2011 at

Your site loads immediately for me, including the photos. I like the idea of making chips. Looking forward to trying your method!

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19 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 9, 2011 at

Thanks very much for your input! It takes a while to load on my computer, but I wasn’t sure if it was a computer problem or a site problem.

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