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Why are refried beans cooked twice?

Category: Society      Published: November 17, 2012

Refried beans are not cooked twice; they are only cooked once. According to the book "American Regional Cuisine"¯ by The Art Institutes, this misnomer results from the fact that that the prefix "re-"¯ means "very"¯ in Spanish, but Americans misunderstand it to mean "again"¯. The name "refritos"¯ therefore means "very fried"¯ and not "refried"¯. Refried beans were introduced commercially in America in the 1930s by the Mountain Pass Canning Company founded in New Mexico, as chronicled in the book "Taco USA"¯ by Gustavo Arellano.

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