Cheesy Refried Beans

Serves 6
  • 1 slice bacon, finely diced
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3 tbsp. minced jalapeño peppers
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 30 oz. pinto beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • - kosher salt, to taste
  • 3/4 cup pepper jack cheese

Cook bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp; add onion and oil. Cook onion until dark golden and very soft (about 9 min.). Add peppers and garlic; cook 1 min. more. In a food processor, purée onion mixture with about 2/3 of the beans and water until smooth. Stir in remaining beans and lime juice by hand. Season to taste with salt. Spread beans in a 2-qt. baking dish; cover with cheese. Bake in a preheated 450° oven until thoroughly hot and cheese is melted and golden (about 15 min.).