Refried beans are easy to find at the grocery store, but they are just as easy to make at home, and you can adjust your recipe to your liking, varying the spices. I like them with cumin and paprika, but they are also good with curry powder. And, you can make them spicy by adding more hot sauce.
You will need:
2 cans (28 oz) pinto beans
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste
1 tbsp. curry powder (or your favorite spices)
grated cheese for garnish if desired
In a large skillet, melt the butter until foaming. Over medium high heat, sauté the onion until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 more minute. Add beans, turn heat to medium, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until they start to brown. Add stock, hot sauce and the spices, stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a food processor and pure to the desired consistency (I like them smooth, but chunky are fine too). Garnish with grated cheese.