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Yummy Refried Beans with Tortillas

I call this my version of the recipe because I got this from the “Quick & Easy Tasty Vegetarian” cookbook I bought from the Salvation Army for only a few bucks, but I replaced a few ingredients with another, such as pinto beans for black beans and garlic wine vinegar to white vinegar, and also added few more.
So here we go:
For the Beans
vegetable oil, olive oil, or any cooking oil of your choice
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves or more, crushed
1 green chilli, chopped or a few dashes of red pepper flakes
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 can pinto or black beans, drained
2 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) or few dashes of dried coriander flakes
150ml / 1/4 pint / 2/3 cup vegetable stock (can use veg stock straight from the box or cube/bouillon mixed with hot water from the kettle)
regular or wheat tortillas
grated cheddar or tasty cheese, as much or as little as you want
salt (optional)
For the Relish
4 spring onions (scallions), chopped
1 red onion, chopped
1 green chilli, chopped or a few dashes of red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp or less garlic wine vinegar or white vinegar, depending on degree of acidity you like
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tomato, chopped
The Method
1.) Heat the oil for the beans in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute, stirring frequently, for 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for 1 minute.
2.) Mash the beans with a potato masher (I let my honey did this for me) and stir into the pan, together with the coriander or cilantro.
3.) Stir in the vegetable stock and cook the beans, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes until soft and pulpy.
4.) While doing the beans mixture, place the tortillas one at a time (if there’s only one or two of you) or on a baking tray or cookie sheet (if more than two in the house) and heat through in a preheated oven, 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 4, for about 1-2 minutes.
5.) Mix the relish ingredients together.
6.) If you are preparing this for yourself or for you and your partner, place a warm tortilla flat on a plate, get about a spoonful of the bean mixture, put onto the middle of the tortilla, then top with cheese, relish, and my easy salad. Season to taste with salt and pepper, although you can opt to only use pepper as the beans already taste good. Then repeat with the second tortilla.
If you are preparing this for a group of people (whether family or friends), spoon the beans into a serving dish and top with the cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roll the warm tortillas and serve with the onion relish and refried beans.
Another Suggestion:
You can use the refried beans in a sandwich, top it with cheese and my easy salad.
My honey’s verdict:
He really, really liked the refried beans so much, he had another one that night.
Here’s the evidence:
There you have it. Have a go at this recipe, whether you’re a vegetarian or meat lover. Hopefully you’ll all love it too!
Have a good day!
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My name is Charica Roche, a writer, food lover, adventure seeker, color addict, and curious-driven person who truly believes in personal and spiritual growth. Writing helps me become a better person because it makes me feel grounded and it encourages me to be honest about things. Currently based in New Zealand, I'm constantly searching for and following my curiosities through books, art, music, dancing, and other aspects of a life well-lived through my own terms.

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