Refried Beans (frijoles refritos) are a traditional staple of Mexican cuisine consisting of mashed beans fried in a little oil.
1 can of pinto beans
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1/4 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil in a medium skillet, and saute the onion and garlic. Add the can of beans, and mash them with a spatula or potato masher while stirring. Cook, stirring often, until the bean liquid starts to evaporate. Reduce heat and simmer until the beans are like a light paste without liquid.
Refried beans are delicious as a dip with corn chips or as a side dish with any Mexican meal.
Spread them on fried corn tortillas topped with salsa and shredded cheese to make tostadas.
Wrap them in a flour tortilla, add chopped onions and chili sauce to make burritos.