My sister-in-law who was born and raised in Mexico City shared this recipe for sprucing up canned refried beans. They taste like you've been cooking them for hours.
- Gently fry the bacon until near crisp.
- Add onion to the bacon grease and saute until tender.
- Add the refried beans and water.
- Stir and simmer until creamy and heated through.
- Place in a serving bowl and top with shredded cheese.
- The heat of the beans will melt the cheese.
- Serve with hot tortillas and/or tostada chips.
This recipe really dressed up the plain old can of refried beans! I cut the recipe in half and used a can of jalapeno flavored refried beans. I didn't add any water, because I felt it didn't really need it. These beans had a wonderful flavor! I will definitely be making these again!
I live in South TX (also called "North Mexico" around here) and these are really GOOD! I have had my share of bean and cheese tacos from the taco stands and shacks, and these are as good if not better than some of theirs! I use the nonfat canned beans to start so I can control the fat/salt. I add a clove of garlic to the onions when they are cooking, and then a bit of salt and pepper. I taste first before the salt, since some bacon is saltier than others. It's nice to get that authentic taste without all the LARD, which is a key ingredient. Perfect topping for some homemade tortillas, which I always have on hand!
Awesome! The bacon gives it a great flavor. My daughter said these tasted better than the refried beans at our favorite Mexican restaurant so that speaks volumes! Thanks for sharing!!!