The term “refried beans” is one of those instances where a word was lost in translation. But rather than correcting the mistake, people were just like eh. Someone, somewhere at sometime screwed up. Refrito does not translate to “refried”.
In spanish re means very or well. And frito, if you haven’t deduced the obvious – means fried. So, Refrito essentially means. Well-Fried. It does not mean fried again.
Officer Rudy of the Translation Police reporting for duty!
In a perfect world Refritos would be made with fresh beans; one’s lovingly cooked from dried bean to luscious tender morsels. But sometimes you don’t have the time. And that’s okay.So. Canned Beans will do just fine. Just be sure to rinse them well and substitute the “bean broth” with a flavorful vegetable broth.
The secret to mis refritos is Almond Milk (any unflavored non-dairy milk will suffice) & Nutritional yeast – they add a creaminess and umpph to the dish; it gives the beans body.
File this recipe under easy-peasy-one-two-threesy. You’ll wonder why you ever bought refried beans in a can. Think of homemade refried beans from scratch as a cherry lowrider cruising down the street bumping some firme oldies. Canned Beans? That’s a 71 Pinto broken down on the side of the highway. Orale.
Refritos; Refried Beans
2/3 Cup Bean Broth or Flavorful Veg Broth
2 TBS Almond Milk (not flavored)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
6. Salt to taste – eat!Buen Provecho!