Hatch Green Chile Refried Beans
Hatch green chile season is here(!) and these Hatch Green Chile Refried Beans are one of the easiest Mexican side dishes you can prepare and just what you need to complete your next meal from south of the border.
New Mexico has some of the most delicious Southwestern cuisine. They are known for their enchiladas, tamales and huevos rancheros, just to name a few. But, we also have to thank them for hatch green chiles, which are grown in the Hatch Valley. If you’ve wondered what those long, pale green peppers are that show up in grocery stores every August to September, this is them!
Hatch green chiles range from mild to medium and the heat lives in the white vein inside, not the seeds. Another simple way I use them is to make a simple but flavorful New Mexico Hatch Green Chile Sauce Recipe to top my tacos with.
Refried beans are one of the most notable and popular Mexican side dishes that are gluten-free and vegan. They are simple to make and taste best made with dried pinto beans. You can use canned if you’re pressed for time or cannot find the dried variety.
This is a healthier refried bean recipe as they are traditionally made with lard and most canned varieties contain lard as well. As a healthier alternative, of course, mine are made with light flavor cooking oil instead. Topping them with crumbled queso fresco cheese is the traditional way to serve them but you can omit if you want to keep them vegan.
When it comes to cooking the beans, they do have to boil for 1-2 hours. The time does depend on the beans as sometimes they have cooked as fast as 1 hour for me. It is best to soak them in water for 6-8 hours before cooking, this helps to soften them. If you don’t have time to soak, just cook them longer until they are tender. There’s no tried and true time as all beans are different. You’ll know when they’re done as you should be able to mash them easily, that is when you know they are ready.
You can also serve this as a New Mexico hatch chile bean dip! Add some delicious toppings like chopped tomatoes, green onions, olives and hot sauce. Then grab some tortilla chips and dig in!