Vegetarian Refried Beans are super easy to make, and way more yummy than from a can. Skip the can entirely, and make your own!
When I go out for Mexican food, I’m usually all about the black beans. I think I’ve converted to black beans completely and even use them in our homemade Mexican recipes. Over the years, I’ve discovered that more times than not, restaurant refried pinto beans are not vegetarian. Recently, I found that this is the case with enchilada sauce too. Ugh! That’s one more question to ask the waiter.
I used to ask myself why it’s so necessary to add bacon fat or chicken fat to things until I accidently did it at home. Yes, I ‘m a vegetarian, so let me explain. I made a package of Spanish rice mix one night. As I was eating it, I thought - wow this is really good. Wait a minute, this is too good… and then I checked the packet ingredients- chicken fat. This has happened to me more than once. So even though I’m a vegetarian, I do get it. It can make a big difference in flavor.
I believe that with the right combination of spices, you can still make a delicious dish without the meat. I like black beans but decided I needed some variety in my food so I made my own tasty vegetarian refried beans recipe. This beats any canned variety because it’s lower in fat and doesn’t come with extra sodium and whatever else may be in a can.
Speaking of cans, I prefer to use dry beans. (I keep cans for emergency situations like last minute cooking or extra guests at the table.) It’s less expensive and less packaging waste. I can also control how much I need in a recipe and there are no extra preservatives going into my food. It’s a little extra work to remember to soak them the night before but it’s worth it.
Also, cooking the beans isn’t actual work either. The stove does all the work. I sometimes wake up and put the soaked beans to cook first thing. By the time I’ve had my coffee and have V ready for school, those beans are done. It makes dinner preparation later in the day go a lot faster.
Make a small batch of these refried beans and serve it with your favorite Mexican dish or try it on some tostadas. Vegetarian tacos, roasted vegetable enchiladas, burritos… the possibilities are endless. Better yet, make more and freeze it for an easy dinner another day!
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