Don't tell my Italian family (shhhh!) but I tend to enjoy Mexican cuisine a bit more,lol.
Recently I came across this scrumptious recipe for refried beans. And the best part? It's so easy! You'll never buy the cans again after this-- so say "Hasta La Vista,Rosarita!!"
Scrumpdilly-ishish Refried Beans
2 Cans Pinto Beans (I use Trader Joe's Organic)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
5 green onions, sliced up
1 Tbsp Cumin
2 cloves garlic,minced
1 Tbsp lime juice (Start with a Tsp. I found it was enough for me)
2 Tsp lime zest (I didn't add this but it's to your taste.)
Mash pinto beans with their liquid in a pot with potato masher.
Heat oil and add green onions. Saute for a couple of minutes then add garlic and cumin. Saute 1 minute more.
Stir in beans.
On medium high heat (I used medium and it seemed hot enough) cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring pretty often so they don't get stuck on the bottom. (Mine were bubbling and getting thick even on medium heat so use your judgement :)
You'll start to see them thicken up. The recipe stated to cook for 10 minutes but I found at medium heat it took about 15. Take the pan off the heat when it reaches your desired consistency (some people like them thicker or thinner) and stir in the lime juice. Taste first before adding more. You don't want to end up with a mouth full of lime :)