Cheesy refried bean casserole


By now everyone reading this blog should know that I love The Pioneer women’s recipes.

I try to make all her recipes that have ingredients that are accessible.

For example I have never come across a tin of refried beans in my local super market. My impression of refried beans was beans that was fried and then mashed and put back into the tin for use. I was so wrong.

I went to extreme lengths to try and get it.

I tried buying it online via Amazon, other than the price being sky high for 2 tins. Close to R1000.00 I am not that craze and then of course the other little law that you can only by twice from other countries and then after that SARS will require you to get a permit. That one was tricky to get around, my mother keeps all my personal information and she is one strict lady when it comes to just sending off copies of personalized information. I think she watches tooo much CSI cyber.

So with so much against me, I put off trying to make refried beans, until I came across an online store in very own country that would ship it directly to my door.

And who says God doesn’t listen, I think he was just tired of me stressing him out every night for ways to get refried beans to magically appear in the cupboard.

Never the less I managed to get my hands on a couple of tins.

Firstly let me just say one thing. TV makes everything look beautiful. My first impression upon opening the tin of beans. I got conned and accidentally bought something from another planet. The appearance leaves much to be desired. They do however say that the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

I prevailed and went ahead and made the casserole.

My mother was very scared to eat it, after she heard me making funny noises while trying to get the stuff out of the tin. Surprisingly enough she loved it. My dad, oh well his a lost sauce. He was of no help.

After he ate it he was rubbing his stomach and complaining the tamarind I put in the food was making his stomach cramp. When I informed him, his taste buds are not working and there was no tamarind in the food it was beans he was eating he was really “AIRING,” his views.

All in all it was a lovely dish and as my mother would say, “Yes, if you had to make it again, I would eat it,”


  • 100g x butter.
  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • 1 x cup vegetable stock.
  • 2 x tsp masala.
  • 4 x cloves garlic, chopped.
  • 2 x chillies, finely chopped.
  • 1 x tin refried beans.
  • 2 x cups gouda cheese, grated.


  • Melt the butter in a pot.
  • Add the onions and saute till transparent.
  • Add in the garlic, chillies, masala and salt.
  • Add the stock and bring to the boil.
  • Add beans and cook till all the liquid has been cooked off.
  • Pour into a greased oven proof dish.
  • Top with the grated cheese.
  • Pop into a preheated oven and bake 180 degrees till the cheese is all golden and bubbly.

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