Posts Tagged ‘Refried beans’

The Mouse rearranged the pantry, a couple of cans near the expiration date.

SPAM and Refried Beans

Threw everything onto a plate and toaster ovened.

The Mouse’s Dinner

A dash of chipotle sauce on the beans, a piece of naan bread (also toaster ovened). The beans kinda acted like hummus, it’s all good. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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A Mashup

Many reasons for this dish.

A continuation of the previous post. Because we have white bread this week, I’m not getting my regular fiber from whole grain breads (sorry TMI). So, as a substitute, more beans. Toot toot! Hee hee.

I’m still trying to use up the package of cream cheese slices (two more to go, woo hoo).

I was reading something about huevos rancheros recently.

So, for lunch today …



Refried Beans
Refried Beans


I was trying to make the beans look like a Japanese rock garden but … never mind.

The beans were a little bland for my tastes so I added chili powder.



Slightly melted the cream cheese …

Refried Beans and Cream Cheese

Refried Beans and Cream Cheese

And the pièce de résistance?

Mouse Lunch

Mouse Lunch

A fried egg (sunny side up) topped with Japanese togarashi pepper blend (for an added zip).

So, a mashup of Mexican, Loco Moco, and cleaning out the refrig. The only thing missing was some salsa, or sriracha, or even gochujang sauce. Other than that, it was good. Next time maybe a little pork carnitas (or bacon!) would be nice. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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We tried a relatively new Mexican restaurant for breakfast this past weekend.


I think the owners have a restaurant in town and run a lunch wagon (saw the truck across the street). I guess The Cat still has refried beans on her mind.

When we entered, the owner/chef was the only one inside. He seemed to be running around the kitchen either cleaning up or prepping. The owner came out to greet us, said he didn’t have a breakfast menu, and started telling us what he could offer for breakfast. All the dishes were in Spanish and our eyes started to glaze over (where’s the Star Trek translator when we need it).

The Cat ordered whatever is easiest with rice and beans. Good thinking, The Mouse followed.

Since this was another new restaurant for us, The Cat was taking in the “atmosphere”.


Interior, Detail

You Will Listen To My Voice

Tabletop Design

As more people came in, the poor guy seemed a bit overwhelmed. I got up got a pitcher of water and served everyone (had to make sure they knew I didn’t work there). 😛

After a short wait, our breakfast was served.

Breakfast, Chef's Choice

From left: Portuguese sausage, flour tortillas, fried eggs, green chile sauce, salad, Mexican rice, and refried beans.


Chile Sauce

Breakfast included a basket of chips and red chile sauce. My one “complaint” was I wish we were given some kind of “Mexican” meat instead of Portuguese sausage. Don’t get me wrong, I like Portuguese sausage, it’s just that I wanted to try something “authentic”. I kind of wanted a little more rice too (but that’s just me).

The chef said he learned all of his recipes from his mother. Everything tasted good. I think the two chile sauces were a little too spicy for The Cat, she kept drinking water. For me, the green sauce was just right, the red sauce was a bit too spicy for me too.

A very good experience.


The Mouse

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Refried Beans

Learned something new today.

I hadn’t really thought about refried beans much. The Cat was pretty ambivalent about them. Recently she went to a Mexican restaurant, and now she likes refried beans.

I always thought refried beans was hard to make (frying beans twice?). For me, even trying to warm up canned refried beans are a bit iffy (if the pot is too hot, the paste sticks).

On one of the cooking programs, refried beans were made (the host said even can beans could be used).



Okay, I can do this. One can of black beans, some lard (the program substituted olive oil and butter), a pinch of sugar, a dash of chili powder, and a sprinkle of Japanese style red pepper blend (shichimi tōgarashi). I didn’t say this was authentic, I said I could do this.

Heat beans through, add spices, mash with spoon or fork (whatever is handy at the time). Tah duh! Refried beans.

Refried Beans

To quote an insurance commercial (and an earlier commercial for dish detergent, I think), “easy peasy lemon squeezy.” Another notch in my cooking knife or dish in my quiver.

The refried beans accompanied left over fried rice, chicken feet soup, and vegetables. Talk about food without borders.

After doing a Wikipedia search for refried beans, I discover that the beans are not twice fried after all but a mistake in translation.

BTW, in keeping with the “live to eat, eat to live” theme …

High in Fiber

Very important for and The Cat and The Mouse’s digestive systems (especially in the morning, sorry TMI). 😛


The Mouse.

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