The tastiest foods are often not the prettiest. Mashed potatoes, split pea soup, chili, and refried beans aren’t winning any awards in the looks department, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t happily spoon into a vat of them on a chilly day. Those cozy foods are comforting to eat, regardless of how many pins they rack up (or don’t) on Pinterest.
I am a longtime fan of all of the above, including today’s subject – refried beans. I’ve written about these refried beans once before in my recipe for breakfast nachos. But I thought they deserved a post all on their own, because this is the way I eat refried beans the most.
The refried beans are spiced with ancho chili powder, cumin, and oregano. They have lots of flavor, but they’re mild enough for people who don’t like their food overly hot. That also leaves room for adding plenty of jalapeños and hot sauce for folks like me who enjoy adding a little something spicy with every bite. I whip up a batch early in the week, and then I can have a quick burrito any time.
A full meal in its own handy packaging.
For packed lunches, roll the burritos ahead of time, and then the whole thing can go in the microwave as a compact bean-y parcel.