How To Thicken Refried Beans? (5 Ways)

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We are pretty sure that you cried when your mommy added beans to your meal plate but the refried beans are the yummy ones. Refried beans is a Mexican and Latin American dish that is made out by mashing and cooking the beans. With this being said, refried beans make a great side dish and you can even eat them with crackers. However, some people struggle with the thickness and creamy texture, so we have added tips on how to thicken refried beans. Let’s get at it!

How To Thicken Refried Beans?

1) Take Off The Lid

Well, you are obviously going to add water and liquid in beans to make the paste, right? In the same vein, people tend to put the lid on because it apparently quickens up the cooking time. However, it might not evaporate liquid properly. So, it is suggested that you remove the lid and let the evaporation do its magic to create the thick refried beans.

2) Liquid Games

Whenever you cooking the refried beans, you need to simmer down the liquid if you don’t want to meet with thin gravy. Similarly, if you use liquid more than required in the recipe, it’s going to lead to watery and thin consistency which is the last thing you want with refried beans. So, make sure that you are using the specific (and advised) amount of water.

Also, when you want to simmer down the liquid, you need to keep the medium-low setting on the stove and let the stove create magic. This heat level will not only help get rid of the water but increases the flavor as well. Also, the little tip is to add the spices and seasonings at the end because you don’t want the flavor to evaporate away with water.

3) Mash Them

Well, the water and liquid are going to evaporate to a specific part. So, if the water is no longer evaporating, you can mash the beans because they are rich in starch. With this being said, you can either such the ladle or masher to mash the bean. However, you should mash all the beans (start with half cup beans).

Once you mash some beans in the dish, there are higher chances that the beans will be thickened. Also, when you are mashing the beans, you need to vigilant about heat because inconsistent heat might lead to clumpy texture. With this being said, you should keep heating the beans on low stove settings while mashing.

4) Starch Slurry

Well, this is one of the most convenient ways of thickening the refried beans. With this being said, you need to use the commercial starch to make the slurry. You need to mix the starch powder in cold water and add it gradually to the refried beans. While adding the slurry, keep whisking the beans.

5) Butter & Flour

This is our personal favorite way of thickening the refried beans. Well, in this case, you need to take equal parts of soft butter and flour and mix them up. Once it has a consistent texture, add it to the refried beans and keep whisking the beans. This mixture will not only thicken the refried beans but will also optimize the smooth and buttery texture.

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