to who every sent me an email I deleted your message by mistake .. for my crew I do this about 4 times I have some in the family who love the beans whole in theri tacos or burrito and more than once they ask for the bean to be not so mashed I understand ..
I have cooked some black beans and they refried wonderfully when I serve them the boys insist they have fresh limes ..
3 c. pinto beans (cleaned and picked through)
1/2 an onion chopped
2 or 3 garlic cloves chopped
2 T. canola oil
I put all this in my crock pot and fill it to a couple inches from the top with water. I set it on high and let it cook about 5-6 hours until the beans are tender. Then I add about 1 1/2 T. of salt at the end of the cooking time. (Salt must be added last or the beans will toughen up.) I also use this recipe for black beans if I want to make refried black beans.
2 c. beans and bean juice
I put this in a small black iron skillet with a little oil on the bottom and heat up, mashing as I go with a potato masher. Then I add a little shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese to melt through. I cook until the water has evaporated a little giving me the desired consistency.