Best Basic Refried Beans

What could possibly make a homemade burrito consisting of fridge leftovers better, you ask? Why, homemade refried frijoles, of course! Refried beans are incredibly versatile, protein-packed, and nutritious. Most importantly, they're also easy to make. Whip them out for an impromptu multi-layered nacho attack, fortify any number of quesadillas, or top them with fried eggs. The possibilities are limitless.

Start this recipe off by soaking beans in water overnight to soften them—buying dried beans in bulk is more economical and eco-friendly than canned.

Best Basic Refried Beans
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  • 1 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1 cup yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 whole jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup monterey jack cheese
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