I turned my sights toward Mexican cooking for one of my most recent cooking sessions. Refried beans have always been a favorite of mine. I have made several versions over the years, and when the craving hit I came up with another recipe. Certainly not the most traditional version of this classic dish, but I have perfected the technique over the years to suit my palate. This time I have included sun-dried tomatoes. Yes, regular readers have probably noticed that I use sun-dried tomatoes A LOT. Such an important staple ingredient in my kitchen. They add extra flare to your food without overpowering the other ingredients if you are sparing with the quantity that you include.
Certainly distinct from Indian cuisine, Mexican food is actually more similar than you might think. For example, most Mexican dishes are hot and spicy and include plenty of hot chilies. The depth of flavor and complexity of the dishes that are nonetheless prepared with relative ease, also make these two rather distinct regions a perfect match for fusion style cooking. As in India, tomatoes are widely used and beans and rice are a common feature of the meal. A rough equivalent to Indian flatbreads are tortillas. Quesadillas are commonly stuffed with a variety of beans and vegetables that I consider to be a Mexican version of an Indian paratha. The spicing and choice of flours and ingredients surely vary, but I bet if you enjoy Indian cuisine, you already enjoy or will enjoy offerings from Latin America.
Consider serving these refried beans rolled up in a flour or corn tortilla, topped with some sour cream and hot sauce along with a bed of rice for a complete and satisfying vegetarian meal. Even your carnivorous friends and family will be delighted and asking for seconds.
|Refried Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on November 25, 2012
Zesty and spicy hot homemade refried beans with sun-dried tomatoes
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More Mexican dishes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas
Huevos Rancheros Con Frijoles
Tomato Corn Chowder
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