These Smoky Refried Beans are full of flavor – bacon, jalapeno, lime…..delish!
How about them Seahawks the other day? I don’t know what team you are rooting for, but that was a pretty fantastic turnaround in what was looking to be an abysmal finish after the first half. Wow. Just wow! (This is Christina, btw – I don’t even know if Tammy watches football….)
Anyway, whether you like football or not, find an excuse to make some Super Bowl eats. Why? Because it’s basically a national holiday here in the U.S. so you’d better start celebrating it like it is one. Also, after weeks of resolutions and healthy eating, we all deserve a “free” day, right? Full of pizza, wings, tater skins, and lots of other things that we’ll just call “hearty comfort food” for the sake of making us not feel guilty.
And here’s even more good news. Out of all “comfort” foods that you could have on Super Bowl Sunday, these refried beans are probably one of the best for you. I mean, beans are packed full of protein! So, you can even kinda justify this as long as you don’t put too much extra bacon and cheese into the mix. (Don’t quote me on that one!)
Smoky Refried Beans
- 4 slices bacon
- 1 jalapeno optional, seeded and diced
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- juice of one lime
- ounce Three 15 cans pinto beans
In a large pan, saute bacon until browned.
Remove from heat and chop into small bits.
Put diced onion and jalapeno into bacon grease over medium heat and saute until onion starts to become translucent.
Add garlic and saute one more minute.
Drain one of the cans of beans and add to onion.
Add the other 2 cans of beans (with liquid), lime juice, and cooked bacon bits to the pan.
Saute 5 to 10 minutes.
Puree with an immersion blender or carefully in the blender (letting the hot steam vent so that you don't have an explosion!).
Salt and pepper to taste.
Change it Up:
In place of the jalapeno, add one chipotle pepper.
Dress it Up:
Top with shredded sharp cheddar cheese (you can place this under the oven broiler for a couple of minutes, if desired, to melt it and make it bubbly and delicious!)
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