Priya’s Cookin’: A Mexican Feast Or Canned Refried Beans

IMG_4746A few days ago, I made dinner.

I called it a Mexican feast, but really it was just going to the supermarket and buying canned refried beans.

My dad used to make me some type of bean burrito / quesadilla thing with cheese, guacamole, salsa, and sometimes sour cream.

It usually wasn’t from canned refried beans. He’d actually make the refried beans himself.  I never learned his recipe.

It was good.

I’ve decided for the month of August, for the sake of my health and the sake of my pants, that I won’t eat pasta or any pasta related foods, including instant noodles or Easy Mac. However, I hope the things that I replace pasta and pasta related foods with may also not be good for my health and pants. We’ll see.

Instead, I am going to force myself to feed myself in other ways.

I was craving this type of Mexican related meal my dad used to make for me. So I made it a mission to make something similar.

I went to the supermarket in search of cheese, canned refried beans, tortillas, some type of seasoning, and sour cream.

I found all but the sour cream, and I’m pretty sure had I looked hard enough or asked someone I could have found it. But sour cream, along with cheese, is a dangerous thing to have in the house. It’s a good thing I didn’t find it. But I did find tortilla chips, which I spontaneously decided to add to my Mexican Feast. (OK, I know you guys want to me to stop calling it a Mexican Feast, but it’s sooooo a Mexican Feast.)

Then I started the “cooking” process. I was a little nervous because I never made canned refried beans before ( I know, I know). I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to open up the can or that I wouldn’t heat it up correctly.

It turns out that it was quite easy.

I opened up the can, and thanks to a random Google search, I decided to add oil to it. I used garlic olive oil since that’s what I had.

IMG_4747 Then I added the seasoning.

I let it heat while I mixed it for about 10 minutes. I then took out a tortilla, spread the refried beans on half of it and added some cheese.

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I folded it. And made another one. I put it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes (I lost count) or until the cheese looked melted enough.

I then added the tortilla chips to a plate and put the remaining refried beans on it along with cheese and put that in the oven for about 10-15 minutes (I lost count) or until the cheese melted.

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IMG_4752Then afterwards I added salsa to both and Bon appétit!

Dinner is served.

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It sounds silly but I made me feel like I was at home again. Though it’s not nearly as good as when my Dad makes it. And he doesn’t use the oven. He fries it. I’m just a very lazy human being.

Have ways I can improve this meal? Think a whole can of refried beans is too much for one person? Share, share!

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