Refried Beans with Chorizo
The recipe for this comforting dish is based on one in Doña Tomás: Discovering Authentic Mexican Cookingby Thomas Schnetz and Dona Savitsky with Mike Wille (Ten Speed Press, 2006).
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd Coleman3 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed
Kosher salt, to taste
6 oz. fresh chorizo, casings removed
1 cup lard
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. minced cilantro
1. Put beans and 12 cups water into an 8-qt. pot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, season with salt; cook, adding more water if necessary, until beans are very tender, 2–2 1⁄2 hours. Drain beans, reserving 3 cups cooking liquid.
2. Heat a 6-qt. pot over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and cook, breaking up into small pieces, until crisp, 6–8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove half the chorizo; transfer to a plate and set aside. Add lard and let melt. Add beans; mash vigorously. Add 2 cups reserved cooking liquid; cook, stirring often, until hot, 3–5 minutes. (Stir in more liquid, if you like.) Season beans with salt and pepper and serve with reserved chorizo and cilantro.
SERVES 4 – 6