A huge can of pinto beans will cost you around $1.00 and by adding a few beans here and there, you can increase your fiber intake dramatically.
The other night, my boyfriend wanted to add some beans to his rice. We opened a new can and instead of storing the beans for later use, I decided to make refried beans.
Making your own refried beans allows you to control how much oil, fat and other "bad" things are in your food.
Having a container of these beans on hand makes for delicious burritos, a dip with tortilla chips, taco salads....the list goes on.
Here's how to make refried beans from scratch:
1 can of pinto beans -- any size you would like
2 tbsp. olive oil (optional)
1/4 cup onions (optional)
1/3 cup water
1 slice cheddar cheese
Extra: You may season the beans with anything you choose (garlic powder, chili powder....)
Drain the beans and start mashing them with a fork/potato masher in a bowl.
Cut the onions and saute them in a pan with the oil.
Add the mashed bean mixture along with the water.
(It will look watery at this point but keep mixing and mashing on medium/low heat)
Add your seasonings if you wish.
Once the beans are a creamy consistency, add the cheddar cheese.
Turn off the heat and allow the cheese to melt, while mixing the mixture.
Now you have refried beans!