Refried Beans

Refried Beans
Recipe type: Side/Filler
Cuisine: Mexican

These homemade refried beans are delicious, nutritious and so easy to make! Try it out once and you won’t use the canned versions again.
  • 1 Tbsp Driftless Sunflower Oil
  • ½ c. finely chopped yellow or white onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tsp. Ground cumin
  • 3 c. cooked black beans
  • ½ c. water
  • ½ tsp. Salt + some for sprinkling
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Lime juice

  1. In a medium saucepan, warm the oil over medium heat until shimmering.
  2. Add onion and a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Cook until onions have softened and browned a little, about 5-8 min.
  4. Add the garlic and cumin. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 sec).
  5. Pour in beans and water, stir, cover and cook about 5 min.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, uncovered and use a masher or the back of a fork to mash up at least half the beans.
  7. Continue to cook the beans, uncovered, stirring often for about 3 more min.
  8. Remove the pan from heat and stir in salt, black pepper and lime juice.
  9. Taste and add more if needed. If the beans seem dry, add a splash of water and combine. Cover until you are ready to eat.


Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

This Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadilla is the perfect pick me up on a cold wintry day.  It will have you picking up those maracas and singing “We’re having a heat-wave”.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup finely sliced cabbage
  • 8 whole small Flour Tortillas
  • 2-1/2 cups grated cheese of choice
  • Your Favorite Toppings: Sour cream, salsa, avocado

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add sweet potatoes, onion and garlic.
  2. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  3. Cook for several minutes, turning gently with a spatula, until potatoes are golden brown and tender, but not mushy.
  4. Add the black beans and stir.
  5. In a separate skillet, melt additional butter and lightly brown both sides of the tortillas.
  6. Build the quesadillas by adding a layer of cheese topped with a layer of the squash mixture, sprinkled with raw cabbage.
  7. Top it off with a second tortilla.
  8. Brown each quesadilla on both sides, adding more butter to the pan if necessary.
  9. When the cheese is melted, remove each quesadilla from the skillet and cut it into four wedges.
  10. Serve with your favorite sides/toppings.


Black Bean Dip

This Black Bean Dip is perfect for a party, snack or even a spread! Plus, it keeps in the fridge for up to five days.

Black Bean Dip

  • 1¼ cup of dry black beans
  • 4 scallions, chopped well
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 green garlic, minced
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cotija cheese, for garnish, optional

  1. Soak the black beans overnight and bring to a boil in fresh water, then simmer for 30 – 60 minutes or until tender. Drain well and let cool slightly.
  2. Put the black beans, scallions, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour the black bean dip in a bowl and garnish with cilantro and cotija cheese, if using.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips and/or cut up vegetables like sliced kohlrabi, zucchini or salad turnips.