Life as I know it is being seriously disrupted right now at Chez Kalyn by a huge house remodeling project. If you're a regular reader, you know about the original plans for house renovations, since I've been sharing photos. But that plan morphed into me deciding to tear off a small addition that was stuck on to the back of my house, and add a big new space that will be my future office/studio as well as guest bedroom for visiting food bloggers or relatives. There will also be a real laundry room and a hall that leads out under a covered deck that was part of the original plan. I feel very grateful to be able to improve my house like this, and it's going to be wonderful, if only I can survive the next few months with all my office and photo stuff packed into the rest of my tiny house, where the dining room has been converted to blog central with two long tables side by side making a desk and photo table.
So now you understand why there may be a lot of comfort foods appearing on the blog in the next few months! These refried beans were certainly comforting, and although I really was winging it on making refried beans in the pressure cooker, I loved how these beans turned out. I'm learning more about using the pressure cooker every time I try it, and if you're an experienced pressure cooker user, I'd love to hear in the comments how you use the pressure cooker to make refried beans.
Pressure Cooker Refried Beans with Onion, Garlic, and Chiles
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
2 cups dried pinto beans (I used unsoaked beans, but if you want to soak the beans they will cook a bit more quickly)
1 T + 2 T olive oil (use olive oil for South Beach Diet, but if you're not a dieter you can use lard or bacon grease)
1 cup chopped onion
2 T minced garlic
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles (I used Anaheim chiles, but you can use hotter chiles if you prefer.)
1 tsp. salt
grated cheese, for serving (I used four cheese Mexican blend, which is a fairly low-fat mix of cheeses)
thinly sliced green onions, for serving
Put beans in pressure cooker with enough water to cover by about 2 inches. Add 1 T olive oil to cooker, then lock lid, bring to high pressure, and cook 30 minutes (probably only about 20 minutes for soaked beans.) After 30 minutes, turn off heat and let pressure release naturally. (I think you could also release the pressure quickly if you were in a hurry, since the beans will be mashed anyway.)
When pressure has released, add chopped onion, minced garlic, canned green chiles, and salt. Lock lid again and pressure cook 10 minutes, then let pressure release naturally. (Again, I think you could release pressure quickly if you wanted to.)
When pressure has released the second time, remove lid and without draining, mash or puree beans to desired consistency. I like my beans rather creamy, so I used my immersion blender, being very careful not to overblend and liquefy the beans. At this point, beans will definitely be more runny than you want, but I like the idea of keeping the flavor that's in the cooking water.
When beans are as smooth or chunky as you prefer, heat 2 T oil in a heavy, nonstick pan. Add beans and simmer over low heat, stirring often, until beans have thickened to desired consistency. For me this took about 10 minutes. Serve hot, topped with grated cheese and thinly sliced green onions if desired.
South Beach Suggestions:
Many people don't realize that low-glycemic dried beans are approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet, which makes refried beans perfect for South Beach Diet meals. I do tend to eat beans moderately for phase one, so for that phase I'd serve this as a side dish with something like Grilled Lime and Chipotle Pork Chops or Grilled Halibut with Garlic-Cilantro Sauce. For phase two or three, you could use these beans to make burritos or tostadas with low-carb or whole wheat flour tortillas. I do recommend using a low-fat blend of cheese to keep this South Beach Diet friendly.
Other Bloggers Do Refried Beans:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
A Life Pursuit: Refried Beans from Homesick Texan
Refried Beans from Simply Recipes
Crockpot Refried Beans from A Year of Crockpotting
Refried Beans from Gluten-Free Mommy
Refried Beans from Kirsten's Home Cooking
(Want even more refried beans recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)