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Malawi Style Refried Beans


For 2 Serving(s)


  • 1 cup dry beans (kidney or cannellini work well, but almost any variety can be used)
  • 1 cup diced orange-fleshed sweet potato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic (depending on size)
  • 2 medium tomatoes


  1. Dry beans typically need 4.5 hours of cooking if they haven’t been soaked or 3 hours if soaked overnight—plan accordingly
  2. Boil beans until soft, then drain water completely.
  3. Refill pot with water and add orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. Boil until potatoes are soft.
  4. Drain water and smash bean/potato mixture into a smooth consistency.
  5. In a separate pan, sauté onions and garlic in oil until browned.
  6. Dice then add the tomatoes to onions and garlic. Cook until tomatoes begin falling apart.
  7. Combine tomatoes, onions and garlic with the mashed beans and potatoes.

Serve with rice, tortillas or fresh salsa—and enjoy.

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