You don't have to spend a lot of money to get great side dishes! This inexpensive make ahead Refried Bean Mix recipe is very inexpensive, less than .05 per prepared serving.
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3 cups dried navy or pinto beans
3 tsp. dried cumin
3 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt pepper
3 T. dried minced onion
In a coffee grinder, food mill or blender, grind beans until a flour consistency. Combine all ingredients and store jar or ziploc bag.
3/4 cup mix
2-1/2 cups boiling water
Mix with a wire whisk until combined. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until thickened. Mixture will thicken more as it cools. Refried
beans will remain thickened even when reheating. You can add salsa or chopped chili peppers for added zip.