Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Homemade Refried Beans

I feel like I'm always running out of refried beans. We have tacos a lot and I put refried beans in my taco meat. It's how my mom did it and it's how I do it. Anyway, since we have tacos at least once a week, I'm always needing refried beans. I finally decided to just make my own and now I have a nice little stash in my freezer. Perfect!! It is very yummy just to use for chip dip too.

Homemade Refried Beans

1 pound dry pinto beans
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium jalapeño, diced small, seeds removed.
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 cups water
2 1/2 teaspoons salt

Rinse beans with cool water. Place in a slow cooker. Add onion, jalapeño, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper. Pour water over the top. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8 hours. (The longer they cook, the easier they will be to mash.) After the beans are cooked, remove as much water as possible (I usually get about one cup of liquid out) and reserve in a small bowl or measuring cup. Mash the beans and add the reserved liquid as needed. Make them a little thinner than you like them, because they will thicken as they cool. Add the salt, and mix well. Serve warm.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Chocolate Pudding Zucchini Muffins



It's that time again. The time where I have zucchini coming out of my ears. I love to find new recipes for my zucchini and this one was a definite keeper. The muffins were so rich and most and reminded me a lot of those giant chocolate muffins from Costco. I love those chocolate Costco muffins! I can tell I will be making a lot more of these in the coming weeks. 

Chocolate Pudding Zucchini Muffins 

3 eggs, beaten
1 c. cooking oil
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 large package chocolate instant pudding
2 c. grated zucchini
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. unbleached flour (white or wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 - 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (however chocolatey you want to make it)

Beat eggs, oil, sugar, pudding mix, vanilla and zucchini together.
Blend dry ingredients and add to zucchini mixture; mix well. Add chocolate chips.
Scoop into greased muffin tins. I added a few chocolate chips to the top of the batter after they were in the muffin tins just to make them look pretty on the top.
Bake 17-20 minutes at 350°.