Mexican Refried Beans

An ultimate comfort food, Mexican refried beans are just that--pinto beans fried after their original cooking with lard, onions, and garlic. Worth the extra time to make them yourself, refried beans are a fantastic, fresh-cooked side to any Mexican meal.

How to Make Refried Beans

Instead of reaching for the prepared can at the supermarket, learn how to make refried beans for your next Mexican meal. When cooked from scratch, this dish will be lower in fat and sodium than the canned convenience product. Refried beans are an ideal side dish for tacos, but they can also be used inside tortillas or as part of a layered dip.

Mexican Pizza


Refried beans and salsa stand in for marinara sauce in this tasty Mexican Pizza recipe. Take the toppings South of the border, too, by sprinkling on corn, chopped avocado and cilantro.

Total: 40 mins

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

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How to Prepare Mexican Rice

No more boil-and-eat packets: Knowing how to prepare Mexican rice from scratch requires a few added steps but pays off with more flavor and far less sodium. Mexican rice (also known as Spanish rice in the U.S., though it's not at all native to Spain) is a popular side dish, often served alongside refried beans, at Mexican-American restaurants.

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

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Pre-made refried beans, guacamole and salsa make it possible to toss together this showstopping Mexican dip in a matter of minutes.

Chicken & Millet Burrito

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Chilly-Weather Chili

Midwest Living

The hot and spicy taco flavor of this ground beef and double bean chili will chase away winter's chills.

Steak and Mushroom Burrito

Family Circle

These super-stuffed burritos are filled with strips of grilled steak and meaty portobello mushrooms.

Tombstone Taco Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Adobo Pork Tostadas

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Huaraches con Carnitas

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Huaraches, masa tortillas piled with toppings are a popular street food in Mexico. Try this homemade variation that calls for slow roasted pork carnitas.

Chicken and Bean Tacos

Better Homes and Gardens

When you need dinner in a hurry, these hearty tacos go together in next to no time.

Total: 20 mins

Rio Grande Dip

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Burrito Casserole

Family Circle

Huevos Rancheros Tacos

Diabetic Living
Total: 25 mins

Grilled Vegetable Fajitas

Family Circle

Grilling the vegetables--onion, asparagus, sweet pepper, zucchini, and yellow squash--to fill these vegetarian fajitas makes them extra good. Refried beans and cheese add protein.

Spicy Bean & Guacamole Burritos


Canned refried beans, salsa, and purchased guacamole make a simple filler for tortillas in this recipe. Try it for a quick vegetarian lunch or dinner.

Total: 5 mins
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