Susan requested the recipe for this, so I am happy to oblige. You can find the recipe at Kitchen Stewardship. When I first started making these, I wanted to can them, but I was unable to find any reliable information that said it was safe to do. I know there has to be a way, obviously, because you can buy them in a can, but I couldn’t find anything. I did find on the Ball Home Canning forum a lot of people that said that you shouldn’t can them at home. So for that reason, I just make them, put them in ball jars (make sure you’re jars aren’t cold, at least room temp), once you’ve got the beans in the jars, Allow them to cool completely. (This is important, you don’t want them exploding in the freezer). Freeze and then just thaw them out in the fridge a day or two before you want to use them.
We eat lots of mexican dishes and these are truly the best refried beans I’ve ever had.
And here are 2 of our favorite ways to use the refried beans:
1 jar refried beans
ground black pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. homemade taco seasoning (or 1 packet of store bought)
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. or more taco sauce
2 C. monterey jack cheese or cheese of choice, shredded
Brown beef, drain, add taco seasoning and 3/4 C. water (or follow package directions if using store bought).
Add taco sauce.
Layer chips on a large baking sheet and top w/ half of refried beans. (warm the beans in pan first to make them easier to work with)
Add 1/2 of beef.
Add layer of 1/2 of cheese.
Add layer of jalapenos.
Repeat all layers.
Broil til cheese is melted and top w/sour cream.
1 lb taco meat
1 jar refried beans, warmed
8 flour tortillas
shredded cheddar and monterey jack cheese
jalapeno pepper slices
green onions, chopped
Add 1/2″ oil to skillet and heat on med/high heat.
Add tortillas and cook on each side til crispy.
Drain on paper towels.
On 4 tortillas layer the following: beans, beef, cheese
Top with 4 more tortillas and spread taco sauce on top.
Top with more cheese and jalapeno slices.
Bake at 350 for 8 – 10 minutes and garnish with sour cream and green onions.
AND another thing! After I said yesterday that I didn’t like making ketchup, I started searching and found a recipe that I am going to try. It seems really simple, so if we like it, I will post it later.
Finally, I have to tell you that all that progress I thought I made yesterday turned out not to be so. My foot is causing me lots of pain today and I know it is because I did too much yesterday. Lesson learned and I will have to admit my disobedience tomorrow when I go to the doctor. This is such a bummer because I really wanted to get a good report. I am vowing to myself that I will stop trying to do more than I should no matter how badly I can’t stand doing nothing!