Refried Beans for Chili

I love chili. I love beans in my chili. But I like my homemade chili more than the watery version of some restaurants in the metro. I have been making chili for as long as I can remember, but I always opted for the prepared beans since dried beans generally take too long.

One day while eating out at Chilis, I discover that my sister likes chili con carne too! I remember always being the only person to eat this at home. And she said that she likes it ala refried beans, not the beany version.

I had some dried pinto beans at home and decided to try/slightly attempt the refried beans. I made a shortcut but anyway. Let me go on. I boiled some pinto beans, and allowed to soak this in the hot water,and let this soften. I drained and boiled it a second time after a few hours of soaking to a tender tooth. I then mashed it, along with the little boiling water it had left, to a grainy mush. Ideally, this would be cooked down already, treat it like chili, cooked with tomatoes, some seasoning and spices. Instead, i added this directly to the browned beef, which I had seasoned with spices, salt, and cooked down with tomatoes and broth.

Upon adding the beans, the chili really thickened like crazy once it started to cook down. It never really became super smooth but it was chunky and nice the way I usually like things (peanut butter, ice cream, etc.). This was mildly seasoned. Just a little heat, and just a bit of cumin. But altogether, a chili nonetheless. 🙂

I am happy to experiment with pinto beans, the first time to do so. But I really need to find other uses for this healthful foods. I keep seeing refried beans, and that’s about it, really. So boo.

Boiled versus dried
Boiled versus dried

Refried Beans Recipe

1 cup of dried pinto beans
water, about a liter

Boil the beans in the water, and turn off heat, and allow to soak for a couple of hours. After a few hours, throw away the water and replace with new water. Boil again, and this time for about an hour. Mash the beans, or put in a blender, to your taste. Set aside.

Chili con Carne Recipe

1/2 kilo ground beef
1 can of tomatoes
1 pouch of tomato sauce
1 to 2 cups of beef broth
prepared beans

Brown the meat using no oil. Add in all the next few ingredients except for the prepared beans. Season thoroughly and allow to cook through. Add in the prepared beans and simmer for a good hour. Taste, and adjust seasoning. Add heat if preferred. Serve as it is. 🙂


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