Easy Refried Beans

By Nicole Fetterly, RD

Servings 4-6

These refried beans (made without lard and mindful of salt content) are a healthy comfort food. Use them in Huevos Rancheros and quesadillas, on nachos and as a filling for burritos.

Heat EVOO in a large skillet over medium low heat. Add garlic and jalapeno (if using) and sauté for 2-3 minutes until golden, being careful not to overly brown the garlic.

Add drained beans. Mash while gradually adding stock or water until desired consistency is achieved. A few whole beans are nice but you want to get a nice, spreadable mixture. Use a bit more water or stock if the mixture sticks to the bottom of the pan. It will thicken more as it cools. If using, stir in cumin, tamari and tomato.

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