Chile and Lime Refried Beans


I love refried beans. I eat them in burrito’s and scoop them up on chips. I also love eating them by the bowl full with a layer of melted cheese and salsa on top.

I have however never been able to find a homemade recipe that thrills me as much as my favorite store brand.

Then a light bulb went off in my head. If I want my homemade refried beans to taste like my favorite brand perhaps I should just read the list of ingredients on the side of the can and purchase them and then start playing around with them until I got it to taste right.

Turns out all that is in my favorite brand is pinto beans, green chiles, lime juice, and sea salt.

After allowing the beans to soak overnight and then cook on the stove on low for around 2 hours till they were soft, I then partially drained the beans, making sure to leave some of the cooking water in them to fry them in. I then added in the can of green chiles on top, squeezed the juice of half a lime and  added a generous amount of sea salt.

Once the beans were fried well I then creamed them with my Hamilton Beach hand blender (love its blending wand).

Once the beans cooled I placed them in one cup freezer safe containers. I then placed them in my deep freeze to enjoy in weeks to come.

But not until I made myself a generous plate of chips and dip.

Chile and Lime Refried Beans
Recipe type: dips
  • 1 pound bag of pinto beans
  • 4 ounce can of green chiles
  • juice of half a lime
  • several general pinches of sea salt
  1. soak beans over night
  2. cook beans on low for 2 to 3 hours till soft
  3. partially drain beans leaving ⅓ of the beans juices for frying
  4. place beans in a heated frying pan
  5. stir chiles into beans
  6. stir in lime juice
  7. stir in several generous pinches of salt
  8. stir until the juices begin to thicken
  9. remove pan from heat
  10. cream the beans with either an immersion blender or a potato masher
  11. let cool
  12. place in freeze safe and freeze or enjoy!


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