Refried beans is a dish of cooked and mashed beans and is a traditional staple of Mexican, Tex-Mex cuisine, although each cuisine has a different approach when making the dish. Refried beans are also popular in many other Latin countries.
In northern Mexico and in American Tex-Mex cuisine, refried beans are usually prepared with pinto beans, but many other varieties of bean are used in other parts of Mexico, such as black or red beans. The raw beans can be cooked when dry or soaked overnight, then stewed, drained of most of the remaining liquid, and converted into a paste with a masher (such as a potato masher), or pressed through a fine mesh sieve (to remove the skins). Some of the drained liquid, or chicken or vegetable stock, is added if the consistency is too dry. The paste is then baked or fried with lard or vegetable oil and seasoned to taste with salt and spices.
The name is based on a mistranslation. In Mexican Spanish, the prefix re is an informal form of emphasis meaning "very" or "well", not to be confused with the English re and the most common use of the Spanish prefix re outside Mexico, which indicates repetition. Thus, frijoles refritos, the Mexican name of this dish, should translate to English as "well-fried beans", not "refried beans". In this dish, the beans are often fried, but may also be baked, thus making the term "refried" a misnomer on two counts.
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1 (12 inch) thin pizza crust
1 (15.25 oz) can refried beans
1 (4.oz) can green chiles
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/4 cup onions, diced
In sauce pan, over low heat, combine refried beans and green chiles, heat through. In skillet, over medium heat, add ground beef and taco seasoning mix, breaking meat up as it cooks, cook until no longer pink.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
To assemble, spread refried beans mixture on pizza crust, then add ground beef and sprinkle cheddar cheese over top. Place in oven and cook about 10 to 13 minutes, until cheese melted. Remove pizza from oven and sprinkle onions and tomatoes. Slice and serve. Enjoy!
Note: Nothing fancy about it. You can dress it up however you like, play around and have fun. This pizza would be great for game day. Y'all have fun on Sunday!
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