Refried Beans

Refried beans, also known as "frijoles refritos," are a staple Mexican and Tex-Mex side dish made from cooked and mashed beans, commonly pinto or black beans. They are called "refried" due to a mistranslation from "refrito," which means "well-cooked," implying they have undergone an intense preparation process. Traditionally, the beans are first boiled until tender, drained, and then fried in oil or lard along with seasonings such as onions, garlic, and spices. As a versatile and nutritious dish, refried beans can be enjoyed in numerous ways - as a hearty side dish, a filling for burritos and tacos, or as a dip for chips. They are high in protein, fiber, and various vitamins and minerals, providing a healthy addition to any meal. For those seeking a healthier and vegetarian or vegan option, using vegetable oil instead of lard can easily adapt the refried beans recipe.
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Refried Beans FAQ
When it comes to cooking with refried beans, many people are often confused about how they can enhance the taste or how they are to be properly used in recipes. Where people often go wrong is in the perception of refried beans. They're not only a side dish but can also be a main ingredient in many dishes. Overcooking them or ignoring the versatility of this ingredient can prevent you from getting the most out of refried beans. A great way to enhance the flavor of canned refried beans is by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil and then warming the beans in that same pot. You can also add a bit of chicken broth to give them a smoother, creamier texture. For a plant-based alternative, vegetable broth works just as well. Another unknown tip is to add a bit of lime juice and fresh cilantro to brighten the flavor.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does Refried Beans expire?
Refried beans can last about a week in the refrigerator once the can has been opened. When kept unopened in a cool, dry place, the canned beans can last between six months to two years; always check the 'best by' date on the can. For frozen refried beans, they can last up to six months.
How do you tell if Refried Beans is bad?
If you notice a sour smell, or if the beans have grown mold, these are clear indications that your refried beans have gone bad. Another sign to look out for is the change in texture. If the beans are too watery or slimy, it's best to toss them out.
Tips for storing Refried Beans to extend shelf life
• Keep opened refried beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep them fresh longer. • For unopened canned beans, store them in a cool and dry place, away from heat and light. • Freeze leftover refried beans in small portions. To do this, first cool them completely, then put them in a zip-top freezer bag, flatten for faster freezing, and store them away from the door (the warmest part of the freezer). To defrost, let them sit overnight in the refrigerator or slowly warm them up in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally. • Do not refreeze defrosted beans, because it may affect the texture and taste.
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