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How to Cook Tortillas and Beans

How to Cook Homemade Refried Beans

The flavor of refried beans is improved if, after beans simmer, they are refrigerated and covered overnight before completing the recipe.

  1. Rinse beans in sieve under cold running water. Pick out any debris or blemished beans.

    Rinse beans to eliminate debries or bruised beans when making refried beans.
    Rinse beans to eliminate debris
    or bruised beans.
  2. Bring beans to a boil with shortening and flavoring, as specified in recipe. Reduce heat to low. Cover and heat 11/2 hours or until beans are tender but not soft.

  3. Stir in salt, if desired. Cover and simmer beans over very low heat until beans are very soft. Do not drain. This is the point where it is recommended to refrigerate and leave overnight.

  4. Heat remaining ingredients and stir in a portion of the undrained beans. Cook and stir, mashing the beans with a bean or potato masher.

    Mash beans when making refried beans for Mexican cooking recipes.
    Mash beans.
  5. As beans begin to dry, add another equal portion of undrained beans. Cook and stir, mashing all beans. Repeat until all beans have been added and the mixture is a coarse puree. Adjust heat as needed to prevent sticking. Beans may be served as a side dish or used as an ingredient for another recipe.

Ole! With the helpful tips on tortillas and beans outlined in this article, you are that much closer to creating authentic Mexican dishes in the comfort of your own home.

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