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I was out of the usual Mexican accompaniments (read: prepackaged Spanish rice) so I decided to make my own. It wasn’t hard at all. And I think I will keep it up. They have way more flavor than typical refried beans.

Smashed Black Beans with Jalapenos

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, mostly drained
  • 1/8 cup bacon grease (I know, not healthy at all)
  • 2 jalapenos, seeds and membranes removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

In a saucepan, saute the jalapenos, garlic, onions, and spices until the garlic is very fragrant. Add in the black beans and heat until warm. On a large plate, smash small amounts of the beans with a heavy object (I used the bottom of a sturdy glass). Add smashed beans back into pan and heat. Top with cheese. Serves 2.