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Pronto Refried Beans

A sprinkle of queso fresco, a fresh white Mexican cheese, adds traditional flavor to this quick side dish. You can buy it at your local supercenter or Hispanic market.

Southern Living AUGUST 2007

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes
  • Bake: 25 Minutes
  • Stand: 5 Minutes


  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can stewed Mexican-style tomatoes
  • 1 31-ounce can refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • cilantro sprigs


1. Stir together 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can stewed Mexican-style tomatoes, undrained; 1 (31-oz.) can refried beans; 1 tsp. chili powder; and 1/2 tsp. cumin. Place bean mixture into a lightly greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup (4 oz.) crumbled queso fresco. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.


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