Refried Beans

Refried Beans

One of my favorite dishes that works either as an appetizer or side dish is refried beans. A classic from Mexican cuisine, that is best eaten with some totopos, or tortilla chips.


As usual, the ingredients here are for about two adult portions:


  1. Add the oil and the butter to the frying pan and heat to medium heat.
  2. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  3. Once the frying pan is heated, add the onion and garlic to the pan, and fry them for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add salt, cumin, and paprika to taste. Usually I add paprika until the mix is a brownish red. Mix with your spatula, and let fry for about 5 minutes.
  5. Open the can of beans and pour the beans into the pan. Depending on how liquid you want the refried beans to be, you can use all or just some part of the liquid inside the can. I usually get rid of some of the liquid from the can before pouring the beans.
  6. Mash the beans and mix. Let them fry at medium-low to medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes, mixing from time to time.
  7. Serve, and enjoy with some totopos.

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Recipe tags: mexican beans fasting

Recipe posted on: 2021-03-13, last edited on: 2021-04-20, written by: Yaroslav de la Peña Smirnov