I love instant beans. Similar to instant rice, the beans have been cooked and the dried, allowing you to cook dry beans in 20 minutes or less, with no soaking required. Ever since I found instant beans I have been switching over my food storage to contain instant beans instead of regular dry beans.
20 Minute Refried Beans
½ c. bacon, diced
2½ c. Instant Pinto Beans
1 tbsp. Chopped dehydrated Onions
1 tsp. Iodized Salt
1 tsp. all-purpose seasoning blend
1 tsp. granulated garlic
4 c. water
1 tbsp. lime juice
¼ c. freeze dried Shredded Cheddar Cheese, reconstituted (or fresh)
In a 2-quart saucepan, brown the bacon and remove from the pan. Add instant pinto beans and stir to coat with bacon grease. Add onions, salt, all-purpose seasoning, garlic and water. Cook on low simmer for 20 minutes. Add lime juice and puree mixture with a hand blender until reaches desired smoothness. Top with shredded cheese.
Recipe adapted from: Chef Todd