refried beans

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Calque of Spanish frijoles (beans) +‎ refritos (well-fried), where the prefix re- adds emphasis rather than meaning "again" as in English

Noun[edit]

refried beans (plural only)

  1. A dry to mushy paste made by boiling, mashing, and then frying particularly pinto or black beans, included in or served as anything from a main dish in Central America to a dip in the Southern U.S.

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