Kitchen Myths

Facts and fiction about food and cooking, by Peter Aitken

“Refried beans” means beans fried twice

This is a common error because, in English, the prefix “re” means “again.” The Spanish name for this dish is frijoles refritos, and refritos means “well fried” (frijoles = “beans”)–so what we really have is well-fried beans. And of course the basis of this dish is frying and mashing cooked beans with flavorings, so there you go.

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