I was surprised to discover that one of the foods I missed the most when we started GAPS was re-fried beans. I solved that with the following recipe, they even look like re-fried beans plus they are loaded with broth so that makes them even better :)
8 cups soaked white beans (as I've mentioned in other posts, when I soak beans I soak a
bunch and store them in pre-measured bags in the freezer soaked and ready to cook.)
1 large onion finely diced
4 large cloves crushed garlic
Bone Broth (beef or chicken is fine) 4-8 cups
Tallow for sauteing the onion and garlic and for "frying" the beans (refined
coconut oil will work too but tallow gives a nicer flavor. You don't want to use raw coconut oil
bc your beans will have a hint of coconut flavor to them)
DIY taco seasoning to taste
Salt (Himalayan or Celtic) to taste
Cheese to melt on top for serving if desired
In a large pot bring the beans to a boil, reduce and simmer until they are completely tender and mushy. Do NOT add any salt to the water while they are simmering!! This is very important bc if you do they will never get totally soft, they will always have a bit of a crunch to them.
While the beans are simmering away (which takes a while) saute the onions and garlic in tallow or coconut oil in a large frying pan. Also in a small sauce pan reduce (by simmering) two cups of broth until until you have about a half a cup of a slightly thick, dark golden brown paste/liquid left in the pan.
I love that these are an easy, versatile, nutritious, filling AND affordable food to incorporate into my meals :)