Dried Beans

Dried beans are a fabulous food to have in reserve for times when there is not so much around! You can find out more about growing beans for drying here and read on for a great recipe ...

Refried Beans

2 tbsp lard, tallow or coconut oil

1 Welsh Bunching onion or brown onion, chopped finely

4 cloves garlic, chopped finely

fresh hot peppers, chopped or chilli powder or chilli sauce to taste


2 cups dried beans, cooked

500ml tomato or roasted tomato/pepper puree


sea salt to taste

1 bunch fresh cilantro (coriander) , chopped

Heat lard in heavy bottomed pan. Add garlic, onions then chilli and cook in oil for 5 minutes, stirring. Add beans and when hot right through use a hand potato masher and mash them as much as you like. Cook a little more, stirring so they don't stick, then add tomato puree and water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.

Simmer 10 minutes more on a very low heat, add sea salt if needed, and coriander, mix and turn off heat. Serve as is, stuff tortillas or use as a dip with corn chips.

This recipe is from Change of Heart by Kay Baxter

Porotos con Mazamorra is another great recipe involving dried beans