Monday, May 12, 2008

May 2008 ROM - Better Refried Beans

Better Refried Beans

This recipe was originally inspired by a tasty bean dip that is served at a couple of mexican restaurants in Las Vegas. We always loved eating the dip at the restaurants so (big surprise) I figured out how to make it at home. This makes a GREAT chip dip or can be used pretty much anywhere in the place of standard refried beans. The recipe is so dead simple to make and so much better than refried beans most people use straight out of a can. All you have to do is take the extra couple of minutes to turn something ordinary into something really won't be sorry.

Two 14 oz. cans of ranch-style beans
¼ cup sour cream
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional ingredients:
Hot sauce to taste
¼ cup salsa
Substitute one can of black beans in place of one of the cans of ranch-style beans
Canned or bottled jalapenos, finely chopped, to taste

Cooking instructions:
Step 1: Drain off most of the liquid from the beans (if using black beans, drain AND rinse thoroughly before using). Place beans in sauce pan, mash with potato masher until chunky, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Step 2: Add sour cream, cheese, brown sugar and cook over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture has reduced and slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper (and hot sauce, salsa or sliced jalapenos) to taste.

Step 3: Remove from heat, transfer to bowl and enjoy.

1 comment:

BB&KK said...

I have a simple request (pretty please)... Since I reference your recipe blog quite often, I would LOVE it if your 2007 recipes had the name of the recipe on the post. I always have to look through them all to find what I'm looking for....and it's so helpful to have the recipe name in the post title (like you have it for your 2008 posts). It would be greatly appreciated! Love your recipes! They are always a hit with my Boise families and friends! Keep 'em coming. ~kk