I never ate refried beans, or beans really, until I moved to California and finally tried the real thing. Before that the only beans I would eat were homemade, New England style baked beans and that was on a very rare occasion. They just weren’t my thing…until I tried my first real, authentic homemade refried beans. They were creamy, rich, and full of flavor something entirely different than the dry, canned varieties I had tried.
However given that many of the restaurant versions are loaded with fat and a homemade version can take 8-10 hours to make, I wanted to find a quick way to create delicious refried beans at home. This recipe is the result. Canned beans that are doctored up with some onions, garlic, and jalapeno and then mashed to the perfect consistency. Personally I like mine with some texture, but for a smoother version just pop everything into a food processor or blender.
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