Refried beans

Do you like Mexican food?  I do, it’s so colourful and fresh and, well downright delicious. One of the best things about it for me is the side orders – thinking salsa, guacamole, corn on the cob and a recent addition to the Yumyum culinary cookbook is refried beans (Spanish: frijoles refritos).

It’s feels like a fairly filthy kind of treat when smothered on tortilla chips or with your burrito but I don’t know if it’s that unhealthy – feel free to contradict me here people but I’m putting it in the totally acceptable delicious treat category!

So, I did a little research online and found that traditionally the bean of choice for your refriend bean action, is pimento.  I didn’t have any in so I used what I had – kidney beans in water (good protein!).  Essentially you just heat the beans and mush them up – there isn’t necessarily any frying involved in this delicacy (it’s a Spanish to English lost in translation thing)  and it’s super easy to make.  Next time you’re having something hot and Mexican – make a batch of this as a side and enjoy.

Ingredients (makes enough for two – just double your ingredients as you need them)

  • 1 can of Beans (I used kidney, you can use pimento – I imagine most types would work)
  • 50 grams grated cheese (I used a hard goats cheese but any cheddar type cheese would do)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Onions (chopped)
  • Bit of butter or olive oil
  • Optional jalapenos also chopped


Heat some butter or a swill of olive oil in a pan (a table spoon if you prefer measurements) and add your onions and jalapenos if you want them in there.  Cook until they turn translucent and add in your can of drained beans. Keep on a fairly low heat, sprinkle in a little salt and pepper and find a fork or potato mashed to effective bash the heck out of your beans.  Bash them, cream them, show ‘em who’s boss and then add the cheese and get creaming a little more.  And basically, once they are heated through and creamed up just enough – you’re done.

Serve with your burrito, fajita, tacos or just take a seat with a bag of salted tortillas and smother them in your refried bean treat.