Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at Taqueria el Alacran 2 (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Oak Ridge

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Locally owned restaurant offers up authentic homemade tacos and burritos

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Refried Beans: Prefixes and Protein

Refried beans add creamy, savory heft to many plates. Learn a little about their origins with Groupon’s look at the dish.

Refried beans are not fried twice. This common misconception stems from the Spanish language’s somewhat loose usage of the prefix re-. While it can mean “again,” it can also simply mean something like “a lot.” In the case of frijoles refritos, this means that “well-fried beans” is a better translation than “twice-fried beans.”

Although they might only be fried once, the cooking process for refried beans has three basic steps. Chefs first begin by simmering, stewing, or pressure-cooking the beans for one to two hours, long enough to soften them. (Of course, home cooks can take the easy route and start with canned beans or borrow some cooked beans from their local taqueria.) Pinto beans are the traditional choice for Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, although black beans or pink beans are viable substitutes. To add flavor, some chefs add onion, garlic, cilantro, bay leaves, or other seasonings to the boiling mixture. Hand-mashing the softened beans into a paste is the next step. To finish the dish, chefs fry or sauté the purée in fat—traditionally lard, although bacon fat and vegetable oil also have become common in more-recent decades.

When finished, the beans are ready to be used as a standalone side dish or as an ingredient in anything from burritos to tostadas. The recipe originally may have arisen as a way to reuse the previous day’s dinner: “Leftover beans lose their flavor unless fat is added when reheated,” notes folklorist Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert in The Good Life: New Mexico Traditions and Food.

Customer Reviews

17 Ratings

LOL, looked like a hole in the wall and was a bit difficult to find but I learned to never judge a book by its cover! I was actually very pleasantly surprised! The food was actually pretty good and the staff was very friendly and helpful. You just need to brush up on your Spanish as they don't really speak much English! I would definitely go back there again, this time with an interpreter! LOL
Robert B. · July 13, 2016
The food is delicious, everything is homemade. Staff super friendly and nice.
Lil · May 31, 2016
Good if u like authentic Mexican food. Tacos were excellent. Nachos had mayo & ketchup??? Kind of weird to me. Good beans & rice.
Jason P. · May 24, 2016
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    Oak Ridge

    2332 West Oak Ridge Road

    Orlando, FL 32809

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