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Refried Beans
Refried Beans
Ingredients
1 cup dried pinto beans, soaked overnight in a large bowl with water to cover by 2-inches, and drained
1 bay leaf
½ cup bacon drippings or lard
1 cup chopped yellow onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced, seeded jalapeno
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
Pinch cayenne
½ teaspoon chopped oregano
½ cup grated queso blanco
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, garnish

Instructions
In a medium, heavy pot, combine the beans, bay leaf, and enough water to cover by 1 to 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the beans are very tender, 1 ½ hours to 2 hours, adding more water as necessary to keep covered. When the beans are soft, mash in the pot with a potato masher or the bake of a heavy wooden spoon. Remove from the heat. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the bacon fat over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, salt, and cayenne, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 45 seconds to 1 minute. Add the beans and any cooking liquid from the pot, and the oregano, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring with a heavy wooden spoon, until the mixture forms a thick paste, 5 to 10 minutes, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time to keep from getting dry. Remove from the heat and transfer to a decorative bowl, sprinkle with the cheese and cilantro, and serve.

Notes
Recipes from Young Chefs Academy Couples Night Out