refried beans

Jan 24, 2010 by

growing up as a little girl, i was a very picky eater.  just ask my mom.  i grew up on chicken patties and found several ways to make them.  refried beans were one thing i would not touch with a ten-foot pole.   during my junior year of high school, i went on a mission trip to our church’s honduran orphanage after hurricane mitch hit.  it was a eye-opening experience and i became very thankful for what i had.  i also tried refried beans for the first time, in an authentic  honduran restaurant and actually liked them!  the version that i had was loaded with goat cheese and was very creamy.  when i got home, i recreated them and have been eating refried beans ever since, and always remembering my trip every time i make them.

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c cream cheese
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • chopped jalapeños (canned or from the jar), to taste
  • shredded cheese, to top
  1. in a small, microwave safe bowl, stir together all ingredients until blended well.
  2. top with cheddar cheese and microwave for two minutes.  allow to rest for a minute and microwave for an additional minute.

i enjoy these beans on top of a plate of nachos, pictured above.  here’s what i use to make my nachos.

  • corn tortilla chips
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • queso ( pace mexican four cheese salsa con queso is my favorite)
  • ground beef, seasoned with taco seasoning
  • refried beans
  • chopped onions
  • chopped tomatoes
  • jalapeños
  • sour cream
  1. pre-heat oven to broil.
  2. place two plate size pieces of foil on a baking sheet.  you can make two servings per sheet. layer nachos as follows:
  • chips
  • small amount of shredded cheese
  • queso
  • beef
  • beans
  • more cheese
  • tomatoes
  • onions
  • jalapeños

3.  place under broiler until cheese is bubbly and chips are lighly browned.
4.  top with sour cream and lettuce as desired.
5.  place entire sheet of foil on a plate and serve.  clean up is easy!


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  1. Anna

    I need this Weight Watcher’s style haha! Nice recipe.

  2. Carol Price

    I never eat refried beans from a can. I always have to make them from scratch. They are easy to make – the beans that is – and Cowan always does the refrying. 🙂

    • Jess

      I’ve never made refried beans from scratch… I’ll have to try it sometime! <3 you!

  3. I love your memories Darlin, I didn’t know that you always thought Honduras when you ate them. 🙂

    • Jess

      It’s the first place I ate them… add a little bit of cheese to anything and I’ll be willing to try it! 🙂 I guess in this case, it was a bit more cheese because you already put cheese on top of the beans. 🙂 See you soon!

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