Recipes from El Salvador: Refried Beans

Recipes from El Salvador

Refried Beans

Country: El Salvador
Course: Side
Makes: about 12 servings


  • 1 lb small red beans
  • Water to cover
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. Boil the small red beans with the spices for three hours or until soft, adding more water as necessary. Then drain and remove half of them to a blender (you can add a little water until the puree gets to the right consistency).
  2. Mix the pureed beans with the whole beans and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so they don't stick (I added a little oil to my skillet).