Previously I shared my process for making a pot of Mexican beans, today we are going to turn those beans into frijoles refritos.
First we begin with what the words frijoles refritos actually translate to: The English translation is refried beans, but that is not correct because the beans aren’t actually re-fried or fried twice. (How many of you were wondering why beans would need to be fried twice? Haha!) Let’s break it down frijoles means beans and refritos means well-fried. In English the prefix “re” is used to express an action done twice, in Mexican-Spanish we commonly use it for emphasis. So frijoles refritos actually means very well-fried beans.
Spanish lesson aside just know that you won’t have to fry your beans twice. But please don’t ask me how or who invented frijoles refritos — I don’t know, all I know is that homemade refried beans will rock your world.