Yin and Yang Refried Beans

First whole wheat tortillas.
Mix together in a bowl:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup water
Roll out onto counter and knead for one minute. Divide into golf ball-sized balls and let rest 10-15 minutes.
Heat a dry skillet on medium heat. Roll out ball (I can get them paper thin) about the size of a medium serving plate. Lay on skillet for no more than 45 seconds. A good sign is if you see the tortilla start to bubble. Flip and cook for another 30-45 seconds. If you cook for longer the tortilla will lose water and become brittle. Short cooking times will keep them soft. You can cook these ahead of time, and double, triple the recipe to freeze some for later.

Now the refried bean dip.
Preheat oven to 350. Heat medium saute pan and add:
1 tbsp oil or bacon drippings
1 small chopped onion and cook until tender
2-3 garlic cloves and cook another 5 minutes
In the meantime, use
one 15oz can black beans and one pinto beans
Keep beans varieties separate. One can at a time rinse beans and put in a food processor, reserving 1/3 cup. Add up to 1/4 cup water and blend until smooth. Put the saved 1/3 cup beans into separate bowls and roughly mash up with a fork.
Add the mashed beans, blended beans, and 1/2 the onion mixture to each one.
For the black beans, mix in:
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

For the pinto beans, mix in:
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Put in an oven-proof bowl the black beans, keeping them to one side. Add the pinto beans to the other side.
Scoop up the black beans so that there is a well on one end and fold over the pinto beans into that well. Repeat the same but reversed. This way you will form the curvy line that makes the yin/yang symbol.
Cook in oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Top with your favorites: lettuce, cheese, salsa, jalapeños
Use for burritos, dip with chips, taco salad. The possibilities are endless, as will be your love of this dip.


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