Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Jazzed-Up Refried Beans

A good Latin flavored entree needs a good side dish.  

What's easier and better than refried beans?  Can't you just taste those hot, cheesy, comforting beans?  How about Jazzed-Up Refried Beans?

Well, this side dish is super simple to make, using a little help from purchased ingredients.  The goal is to jazz up boring canned refried  beans and make them in to a fabulous side dish that you crave!  Mixing canned refried beans with whole pinto beans gives them some chunky texture.  Adding the salsa provides that zip in the flavor that takes it to the next level.  The addition of the liquid from the whole beans and salsa loosens up the refried bean and creates a smooth comforting side dish that helps soothe the soul.  (Ok I might be getting carried away....) But, these are really good!

A few days ago I presented my Pinon Crusted Grilled Chicken, and served these alongside them.  A perfect compliment!  

Try these, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Jazzed-Up Refried Beans

Yield: 4 cups
1 15 oz can refried beans
1 15 oz can pinto beans
1 c salsa
¼ c Monterey Jack cheese

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, place both types of beans and salsa.  Stir to combine.  Heat until warm, about 5-6 minutes.  Place in a serving bowl and sprinkle with cheese.

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