It was a wonderful surprise!
Guys! I'm so excited!! I just made refried beans using my dehydrated pinto beans! I know, awesome, right?!? I hadn't planned on doing it ahead of time; in fact, I hadn't even thought about doing it at all. Those pinto beans were for my chilli meal-in-a-bag recipe. So this is what happened...
I had some ground beef I needed to cook up, so decided I would make beef and bean burritos for supper. it sounded so good, I could almost taste them! Then, it dawned on me...I didn't buy any refried beans when I went grocery shopping yesterday! So, I searched through my cupboards hoping I had a can in there that I had forgotten about. No such luck! I was really bumming. Almost ready to cry.
Then, as if a light bulb went off inside my head I remembered that I had some dehydrated pinto beans. Then my thoughts went to re-hydrating said beans, using my immersion blender to mash them up and I'd have refried beans! And, not only that, but I had one jar that probably had just the right amount of beans left in it to use! And just like that, I was excited once again! Okay, so maybe in my excitement I danced around a little while saying, "Thank you Lord! Thank you Lord!".
How I made the refried beans
I went to the pantry, found the jar I was thinking of and guess what? There was just about the perfect amount of dehydrated pinto beans for what I needed in that jar! So, I grabbed my favorite glass bowl I use for re-hydrating my individual meals-in-a-bag and poured the beans inside it. There was quite a bit of crumbled beans in the bottom of the jar and I went ahead and threw that in the bowl as well. After all, I was making refried beans so it didn't matter if the beans were perfectly shaped. Eyeballing it, it looked like a little over a half cup of beans. I poured enough water into the bowl the cover the beans and just a tad bit more. I then put the bowl with the dehydrated pinto beans and the water into the microwave, covered it with a paper plate, and set the time for three minutes. While waiting for the beans to re-hydrate I went ahead and got the hamburger meat cooking and grabbed the other ingredients I would need for making the burritos.
After the three minutes were up, I took the bowl out, stirred the beans, and checked to make sure they didn't need more water; which they didn't. I was so excited! The beans were re-hydrating just as I had hoped they would! I put the bowl and the paper plate covering it back into the microwave and set the time for 30 seconds (just to warm the microwave back up.) After the 30 seconds were up I let the bowl continue to sit in the microwave for an additional 10 minutes.
After the 10 minutes were up, I took the bowl out of the microwave, stirred the beans, and here's what I had (see picture on the right). The beans weren't very dark, but that was probably because of all of the crumbs that were originally in them, which were very light. After seeing the beans all finished and cooked up, I decided I didn't really need to use my immersion blender because there had been enough of the crumbs in them that it gave the beans a good mashed consistency. If the crumbs hadn't been there, I would have definitely used my immersion blender to mash up the beans. I took a bite of the "refried" beans and they were absolute perfection! I was so excited that my idea had worked!
Okay, let me back up a little bit here. I know that these are not truly authentic refried beans. After all, they aren't actually fried at all, much less re-fried. But, they do have the same consistency, and the same taste, and I used pinto beans which are used for making authentic refried beans. Truthfully, refried beans aren't actually beans that have been fried twice at all. They are merely beans that have been fried right the first time. It was an American mis-interpretation of the Spanish name, Frijoles refritos, that caused them to become known as refried beans. Another thing you may have noticed is that I did not add any spices to these beans. They were left out on purpose, as my spices would be added to the hamburger meat. And, since the meat and the beans would both be placed on my burritos, I didn't think I needed to add any spices to the beans.
So, there you have it! Refried beans made from dehydrated pinto beans! A "recipe" that I sort of, kind of, somewhat "stumbled upon". Only these refried beans are healthier than what you can buy in the grocery store because they were made without any added preservatives, chemicals, or sodium found in canned refried beans. In fact, I didn't even add any salt to the beans when I dehydrated them or when I re-hydrated them. I would consider these refried beans a healthy comfort food!! And, so easy to make! Just in case anyone else wants to give it a try, I will leave the instructions down below.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!
Refried Beans Using Dehydrated Pinto Beans
Cooked in the microwave
(Approximately 2 servings)
1/2 heaping cup dehydrated pinto beans
3/4 to 1 Cup water
Put the dehydrated pinto beans into a microwave safe bowl. Pour one cup water in a measuring cup. Add enough of the water to cover the beans well. Set any remaining water aside.
Place bowl with beans and water in it into the microwave. Cover bowl (I used a paper plate). Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove the beans and stir. If more water is needed, add a little bit more at a time until you get the right consistency. If you want to add spices to your refried beans, now would be the time to do that. Stir well.
Place bowl back into microwave and cover. Microwave on high for 30 seconds.
After the 30 minutes are up, let beans sit (covered) in microwave for 10 minutes.
Remove beans from microwave. If necessary, mash the beans (using an immersion blender or potato masher) and stir. Enjoy!