I wanted to include some beans in the asparagus huevos rancheros recipe that I was cooking up and since I wanted to keep the dish to green and white colours to go with the asparagus it had to be white beans. Just adding plain old white beans was, well, too plain and simply using white beans in refried beans did not seem right either. After some contemplation I decided to start with the basic refried beans recipe and make it greener. The first thing to go was the red chili pepper powder which I replaced with some green jalapeno peppers for the source of heat. While I was thinking about the recipe I kept coming back the the cilantro and lime flavour combination that I enjoy some much in my cilantro and lime rice and although I really was not sure about how the cilantro and lime would work with beans, I decided to go with it.
In the end I had nothing to worry about! The cilantro and lime duo worked fantastically well in the white ‘refried’ beans! Originally I had gone light on the cilantro and lime and after one spoonful I doubled up and used the whole lime and more cilantro. The combination of creamy beans with the bright and fresh lime and cilantro is addictively amazing! I had to restrain myself from polishing off the beans before they even made it to the asparagus huevos rancheros . I can definitely seen the cilantro and lime refried beans going in and with a lot of different dishes and I am looking forward to making them again!
Cilantro and Lime Refried Beans
Creamy white beans with the warmth of jalapeno peppers served with fresh chopped cilantro and a splash of lime juice for an amazing brightness.
- 2 tablespoons corn oil or lard or bacon grease
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely diced
- 1 (15 ounce) can white beans such as cannellini, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans, from 1/2 cup dry)
- 1/4 cup water, or broth
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 handful cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, juice
- Heat the oil in a pan.
- Add the onion and saute until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, cumin and jalapeno and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the beans, water, salt and pepper and simmer until the beans are warm and most of the liquid has cooked off about 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat, mash the beans if desired, mix in the cilantro and hit the beans with a splash of lime juice.
Asparagus Huevos Rancheros
Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) says
I really want to try this–I can understand why you would have been tempted to eat it all by itself. Love the bright, fresh flavors.
Ooooooh. I'm not a huge fan of the brown glob of beans you get at Mexican restaurants, but this looks amazing. Definitely making it. Thanks for sharing!
Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living says
Kevin – I LOVE this idea! I've never had refried white beans, but it looks fantastic. The lime & cilantro are the perfect flavor enhancements. I can't wait to try this!
The Galley Gourmet says
What a delicious twist on the original. I can't wait to try this!
What a fantastic twist on refried beans!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Great flavors! I love your refined version of this classic.
White beans are my favorite beans! I'm pretty sure I'd be super happy just to eat this…no huevos even needed!
A Busy Nest says
Fantastic looking recipe!
Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says
Wow these look and sound amazing, I love the creaminess with the chilli – I'm going to try these – delicious
Hmmm….looks amazing! i like it! My child adore beans ,i'm sure he 'll be
happy to taste it!
Thnks for the recipe!
This looks like perfect summer twist on the standard!
janet @ the taste space says
This looks like a wonderful bean recipe, Kevin. I have never made refried beans before but with these flavours, how could I resist?
Well I know what everyone here thinks what this might be like & what they think it looks like! Now I wonder what the hell it taste like!