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Refried beans
September 9, 2015, 4:05 pm
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Mexican food in Saarbruecken is difficult to find. So Rose asked for refries when I was visiting her this week. Here’s my recipe. She liked them so much I made them twice.


  • 2 Tbs. oil (olive oil is what I used this time)
  • 2 small or 1 large onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • 4 cups of cooked and drained pinto beans (or if you’re in Germany and can’t find pinto beans then use borlotti / cranberry beans)
  • 3 Tbs. chili powder, preferably salt free
  • 1 Tbs. cumin
  • 1 – 2 cups of cooking liquid from the beans
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (could need more or less, depending on how salty your beans are)


  1. Heat cast iron skillet to medium. Add the oil. When oil is hot add the onions. Saute for 2 minutes and add the garlic. Saute another minute.
  2. Add beans, chili powder, and cumin. When hot mash with a potato masher. Don’t mash the beans 100% though. A little texture is nice.
  3. Add oregano, parsley, salt, and 1 cup of bean juice. Heat until just beginning to bubble, then turn off heat. If you want them wetter add more bean juice.

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[…] Update September 2015: My mom came to visit this week and made me refries. Her beans were much better than I remember mine being. Here’s a link to her recipe. […]


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