This is more a method than a recipe. You can easily adjust the seasonings to your own liking. I make refried beans, which by the way aren't really fried at all, to reduce the cost of canned beans. In the store, you can find a can of refried beans for about $1. Sometimes you can get them on sale for $.50 a can. I find making them at home is cheaper and better for you. These are vegetarian and I don't add any extra oil or fat. A 2 lb bag of pintos cost about $2.00. I can easily get 6-8 meals out of a 2 lb bag of dried beans.
Refried Beans a.k.a. Smashed Pintos
2 lb bag pinto beans
drop or two of hot sauce (like Texas Pete or Louisiana Hot)
juice of half a lemon or lime
1. Rinse, drain and sort through a bag of pinto beans. Sometimes you'll find rocks and other debris which needs to be removed so you don't break your teeth. Soak them overnight in a large bowl.
2. Drain the water from the overnight soaking. Add the pinto beans to a large slow cooker. Pour in enough water to cover the beans with about 2" of water over the top of the beans. Cook on low 6-8 hours or overnight.
When you're ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight or nuke in the microwave for a minute or so until soft enough to use.