Recipe for refried beans – frijoles refritos!

Refried bean Recipe – Frijoles Refritos

Easy Re-fried Bean Recipe with ingredients and method printed below + a video clip in Spanish (English subtitles) for listening practice and an introduction to Honduran Anafres.
Beans are an essential, protein-rich food in Mexico and Central America.
Bean quesadillas are well-known, and the beans in this recipe can be used whole if desired, but mashed the beans become  ‘frijoles refritos’ and make an excellent dip or accompaniment to add Latin American flavour to a meal.

Refried Bean Recipe Video Clip:

In Honduras frijoles refritos are served in a clay pot called an ANAFRE:

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The ANAFRE contains hot coals.  The beans are served hot with melted cheese, cream and chopped coriander + tortillas or tortilla chips on the side.

In Central America, refried beans are often served with fried eggs, rolled up in a tortilla for a snack lunch, or served as part of a main course with meat, grated cabbage, fried banana, rice, and ‘chismol’ – a ‘salsa’ made of tomatoes, onions and peppers.

Traditional ‘refried beans’ are cooked slowly for hours.
This recipe uses tinned beans which makes them much quicker to make and still delicious:

1-2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 onions – chopped
4 garlic cloves – crushed
2x 400g cans kidney beans
500g carton of tomato passata
2 tsp cumin
4 tsp paprika
1 red pepper
1 beef stock cube – crumble between fingers
juice of one lemon

Heat the oil in heavy casserole over direct heat.
Stir fry the onions and garlic until soft.
Stir in the kidney beans, chopped red pepper and tomato passata.
Add the cumin, paprika and crumbled stock cube
Stir in the lemon juice

Bring to the boil and then simmer gently on a low heat or place in a pre-heated oven at 170C for 1 hour.
Purée the cooked beans using a handheld blender or a potato masher.
Serve hot sprinkled with grated cheddar cheese, a few chopped coriander leaves, a spoonful of sour cream perhaps, and some tortilla chips.
It is also delicious to heat, chop and add a few pieces of chorizo to the dip just before serving.

Suitable for freezing:  Store in small freezer bags for use when required.

(For a more traditional version of this recipe, replace the passata, lemon juice and stock cube with water, salt and a few slices of bacon or chorizo)

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