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Quick & Spicy Refried Beans

EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals (2011)

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Refried beans are great to have on hand. Spread them on a tortilla, add cheese and you’ve got a quesadilla. Top whole-grain toast with refrieds and a little salsa and you’ve got a great savory breakfast. This easy version has all the great flavor of traditional refried beans without the added fat.


Quick & Spicy Refried Beans Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, 1/2 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (optional)
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans or pinto beans, rinsed
  • 2-3 tablespoons water (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and chipotle (if using). Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add beans and cook until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and mash to desired consistency with a potato masher. Add water if necessary to achieve desired consistency.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Per serving: 177 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 8 g protein; 9 g fiber; 160 mg sodium; 473 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (21% daily value), Iron (17% dv), Vitamin A (15% dv)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 fat



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