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Refried Beans are a traditional and authentic staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. They consist of cooked and mashed beans, and are put to good use in Mexican-style recipes such as quesadillas, burritos and enchiladas. Typically pinto beans are used, which are a healthy source of plant-based protein and fibre, are vegan, as well as gluten free.

Why are they called refried beans? It’s not because they have been fried twice! It’s because the word comes from the Spanish name for the dish – Frijoles Refritos. The word “refritos” means “well fried”. At Gran Luchito we like to use refried beans as a standard accompaniment to many Mexican dishes. Uses include, as a filling for burritos, spread over tostadas, dolloped on top of nachos, or simply as a dip on their own. Completely versatile, they can be  used as a side dish to any Mexican meal, or incorporated inside the main dish.

Here are lots of recipes that use our delicious smoky Refried Beans.

1. Refried Bean Burrito

finished dish of bean burrito

Firstly we’d like to kick off with our delicious Refried Bean Burrito. In terms of classic refried bean recipes, this one was at the top of our list. It’s hard not to make a burrito without refried beans, so we thought we’d make a vegetarian burrito with the old pinto beans at its core! Satisfying meat eaters alike, we have also added our Jalapeño & Pineapple for some crunchy, sweet heat.


2. Vegetarian Fajitas

Vegetarian Fajitas finished dish

Vegetarian Fajitas are another classic way of incorporating refried beans into Mexican recipes, or in this case Tex-Mex recipes. For this recipe we have filled our soft Street Taco wraps with refried beans as well as colourful peppers, mushrooms, red onions, and courgettes seasoned with our Smoky Chipotle Fajita Mix.  A side of guacamole and some fresh coriander finish this dish of perfectly.


3. Ultimate Chicken Nachos

tray of nachos with refried beans

Can Nachos be a refried bean recipe? Hell yeah! Of course you could have a side dish of refried beans for this, but we don’t waste any time, or washing up, and instead layer the beans, along with the other ingredients, right on top of the nachos! In this recipe we have cubes of chicken breast, dollops of guacamole, sour cream, the refried beans, our Chipotle Salsa, sliced red onion, coriander leaves, our Serranos and sliced radish.


4. Vegetarian Enchiladas

Our Vegetarian Enchiladas recipe is great for non meat-eaters who still want a hefty meal, as it’s loaded with veggies, refried beans and big flavours. Enchiladas would be a perfect dish for a family weekend lunch or dinner, when you have time to prepare it. This recipe uses our Smoky Chipotle Fajita & Taco Mix as well as Chipotle Salsa to pack a punch and enrich the sauce that gets poured all over before baking.


5. Chorizo Sandwich

Chorizo Sandwich recipe

Once you try this Chorizo Sandwich there is no going back! You’ll be craving it every lunchtime! For this one, we have spread a layer of refried beans on the bottom piece of toast, followed by a small handful of mozzarella. This is then grilled until oozing, and then topped with cooked chorizo and onion, Chipotle Salsa and mashed avocado with coriander and lime. Lunchtime perfection? YUM!


6. Vegan Burrito

finished dish of vegan burrito

Here’s another delicious meat-free burrito option that incorporates refried beans. This time, as well as the colourful peppers, red onion and our Jalapeño and Pineapple, it also contains corn and jackfruit! Jackfruit, if you aren’t already familiar with it, is a great vegan meat substitute and works perfectly shredded into our Vegan Burrito recipe.


7. Easy Crispy Chicken Tacos

Easy Crispy Chicken Tacos

Easy Crispy Chicken Tacos is a very easy refried bean recipe to make and doesn’t take long. Our Hard Shell Tacos are spread with Refried Beans and filled with cooked chicken and a sprinkling of grated mozzarella. This is then put in the oven until the cheese has melted, leaving you with oozing yet crunchy tacos! Our Jalapeño & Pineapple tops it off perfectly.


8. Vegetarian Quesadilla

Vegetarian Quesadilla finished dish

Another one of our great Refried Bean Recipes is the Vegetarian Quesadilla. You can make these as a snack, starter or as a main course. Or why not make a big batch of them and freeze a few, that way you can take a couple out of the freezer on the morning you’d like them as snacks later in the day. This recipe uses our Serrano Green Chillies, but for something milder, you could always replace that with Sliced Green Cactus.


9. Steak Burrito Bowl

finished dish of steak burrito bowl

The worthy Steak Burrito Bowl is a great lunchtime option, or light evening meal. Prepare all of the ingredients into a big dish as shown here, with a side of soft Street Tacos, so that those eating can help themselves and fill their tacos as they please. We’ve incorporated steak, refried beans, shredded lettuce, cherry tomatoes, Jalapeño & Pineapple, sweetcorn, Sliced Cactus, fresh coriander and lime.


10. Pulled Pork Chimichanga

Pulled Pork Chimichanga

Finally for our Refried Bean Recipes we have chosen this Pulled Pork Chimichanga recipe. For those of you with a deep fat fryer this will be an exciting option! A chimichanga is a burrito that has been deep fried and it is delicious! Here we have layered our Refried Beans with tender shredded pork and cheese on Burrito Wraps, wrap and then deep-fry them. They are served with spicy tomato sauce flavoured with our smoky Chipotle Pasteguacamole, sour cream and herby rice.


In conclusion, you can see that our Refried Beans are a great way of adding flavour, a nutritious as well as an authentic aspect to your chosen dish. A store cupboard essential we say! Keep us posted on your thoughts on each recipe in the comments section below. When cooking, don’t forget to tag us #granluchito

For more food and cooking blogs check these out: How To Make Nachos, Nacho Recipes, How To Make TacosTaco RecipesHow To Make FajitasFajita RecipesHow To Make EnchiladasEnchilada RecipesHow To Make BurritosBurrito RecipesHow To Make QuesadillasQuesadilla RecipesFavourite Autumn and Winter RecipesChipotle Paste RecipesChipotle Mayo RecipesMexican Fish RecipesAvocado Recipes10 Easy Mexican RecipesHealthy Mexican RecipesLeftover Chicken RecipesVegan Mexican RecipesFamily Meal Ideas That Will Have Your Kids Asking For More, Top 5 Enchilada RecipesGuide To TacosGuide To FajitasBurrito RecipesA Beginner’s Guide To Mexican FoodGuide To Vegetarian and Vegan Mexican FoodVegan Mexican Recipes

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