Mexican in Minutes
Need a quick, healthy meal everyone will love? Here you go: refried beans. From scratch.
It’s almost as easy as opening a can of processed mystery beans.
1 can pinto beans
1 cup broth or stock of any variety (Omit this liquid and you’ll have a great bean dip!)
1 one small clove of chopped garlic
1 t salt, plus more to taste
Drain and rinse the beans. Pop them into a food processor.
Add the garlic and broth.
Pulse (one second each) several times, until you like the texture.
Add salt to taste.
Transfer to a saucepan and heat gently. Add more stock if the beans get dry on the bottom. Cook longer if it’s too runny.
This recipe is easy to double. We double it for our family of four.
From there, you can make a quick burrito. Simply roll the beans into a tortilla (from any grain) for a super quick, high protein, and easy-to-hold meal no kidlet can resist. Add cheese and you’re guaranteed success. Add a few chopped veggies and they won’t even care.
If you have a little more time, make tacos. For me, it’s not a taco unless it’s crispy, so I fry up some shells but you certainly don’t have to. Lots of people love soft corn tacos. It’s even easier than rolling a burrito because you just fold it once and it’s done!
An easy way to feed a crowd customized meals is a taco bar. Just put the beans in a big bowl on the table. Put all the taco toppings into smaller bowls, and let people pile on their own goodies (I’m thinking this may be a good idea for a future birthday party…).
I think the simplest of all is nachos – pour the beans over organic corn tortilla chips, sprinkle whatever toppings you want, and your kids won’t believe their luck. They’ll be getting “chips for dinner” but also lots of fiber, protein, and nutrients.