On Sunday I decided to cook homemade tortillas and refried beans. I make burritos for my Love's work lunches, and am tired of buying canned refried beans and bags of tortillas. I figured that not only would this be a fun learning adventure, but perhaps I could save a bit of money in the long run.
The refried beans were very easy to make. I rinsed some raw pinto beans, picking out any bad beans or stoney bits. Then I boiled the beans for about 2 1/2 hours - until they were soft and the skins coming off. Before draining off the water, I saved a cup of it.
I returned the beans to the burner, adding some olive oil, chopped onions(previously sauteed), garlic, cumin, kosher salt, pepper, and paprika. While simmering together I mashed it all up - adding some of the previously saved bean water when the mixture seemed to get dry - until it was all a thick paste.
Pretty easy recipe and it tastes great!
The tortillas proved to be a lot of work, even made me break into a sweat! The recipe I followed stated it made 10-12 tortillas... perhaps if I were making tacos. However, I was making burritos and managed to get about 5 or 6 tortillas out of the recipe. They did taste wonderful, but I think until I've had a few more sessions making these, I don't think I'll be making these for Bry's lunch every week.
If anyone has some tortilla recipes/tips, I would be much obliged. Is one flour better than another? Tips for softer tortillas (less flaky)?
I think today I will try making another loaf of bread!