Refried Beans and Burritos

Refried beans can be a healthy snack, or a full meal if you want them to be. You can wrap them in a flatbread as I do at the end of these videos and turn them into a burrito, or you can dip corn chips into them for a snack. Or for a full meal of taco salad, lay down a bed of corn chips, then some refried beans, lettuce, tomato, green onion, bell pepper and whatever else you want on top. Then top it off with a bit of sour cream and your favorite hot sauce. Delicious, and nutritious!

Basically all you do it put some bean in a pan, and fry them for a while. I found through trial and error that kidney beans alone are too rich for my taste buds, but a 50/50 mix of kidney beans and black beans are just right. Traditionally you'll fry it in pork fat - I used fat from my home made smoked bacon in these videos. If you want to use a vegetable oil stick with corn oil to keep it on theme.

When I started making this I would fry the beans in the pan for some time, and then mash with a potato masher. But I discovered it was far easier to put the beans in a food processor first. Another great discovery which simplified things for me was adding some salsa to the mix - this really brought my refried beans to the next level!