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I'm looking at a method for refried beans (from Fanny Farmer) that calls for 1lb pinto beans, salt, pepper, and 5tbsp bacon fat. Does anyone know of a good vegetarian alternative to the bacon fat?

I'd like to keep using this recipe so I can start off with something simple, but I can't eat the bacon fat!

Thanks a lot!
 

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I agree with TNS, I actually buy the vegetarian version of refried beans when I go shopping, doesn't even have any oil, just water!

You're refried beans sound yummy!!!!
Maybe I'll get motivated and make some homemade ones, I like homemade anything better than canned!!


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Yeah - homemade is definitely better - and soo simple!

I cook dried pintos in the crock pot with vegetable (usually vegetarian "beef" flavor) broth, just a drop (seriously a drop is all!) liquid smoke flavor, 1/2 an onion, a couple cloves garlic and a chipotle pepper (dried).

Next AM I drain any leftover liquid and puree/mash the bean mixture with 1+ Tbsp. tomato paste to add richness, until the beans are smooth with maybe a few small chunks, adding liquid back as needed for proper texture.

No oil.

I've made these beans for 15 years and served them with Mexican type foods (burritos, enchiladas, tacos, rice, tostadas, quesadillas) and everyone I've served them to has raved about them.

If they're not "authentic" (and I know they're not) it seems as if nobody really cares...
 

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I'm looking at a method for refried beans (from Fanny Farmer) that calls for 1lb pinto beans, salt, pepper, and 5tbsp bacon fat. Does anyone know of a good vegetarian alternative to the bacon fat?

I'd like to keep using this recipe so I can start off with something simple, but I can't eat the bacon fat!

Thanks a lot!
I bet human fat would be just as good, maybe you could steal some from the local liposuction office after hours. And hey, since fat does not change much when you put it on the body I bet it might actually still be "part" pig fat. Might as well try it out!
 

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I bet human fat would be just as good, maybe you could steal some from the local liposuction office after hours. And hey, since fat does not change much when you put it on the body I bet it might actually still be "part" pig fat. Might as well try it out!
LOL

Hi Elijah, good to see you here!
 

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I bet human fat would be just as good, maybe you could steal some from the local liposuction office after hours. And hey, since fat does not change much when you put it on the body I bet it might actually still be "part" pig fat. Might as well try it out!
Well now there's a new idea.
Hey, is human fat vegan? (Assuming of course that it was donated willingly!)
 

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Olive oil seems the best substitute for bacon grease for refried beans. However, in the end, for those trying to keep the price down, you can use whatever vegetable oil you have in the house. It won't make that much of a difference in the overall taste of the recipe. For example, sunflower oil is a lot cheaper than olive oil and it has a wonderful, neutral taste that works well in any recipe. Substitutes for Bacon Grease: Top 10 Best Picks (Animal Fats & Oils)
 
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