Refried Beans Are The Flavorful Filling To Bulk Up Your Beef Tacos

Picture this: You're about to devour a savory beef taco. As you take your first bite, you realize that there isn't enough substance to the filling in comparison to the shell itself. To make the best tacos in which the filling is not just flavorful but also generously packed, you need to thicken the taco meat. The secret to achieving that perfectly filled taco? A harmonious blend of beef and refried beans.

In the taco world, there's always the challenge of getting the filling to be rich and full-bodied without resorting to artificial fillers or thickeners. More often than not, commercial taco joints might add certain thickeners to their beef to give it more volume. Some opt for cornstarch while others use flour to lend more bulk to juicy beef taco meat. Refried beans, however, are a far more delicious solution.

Refried beans, a staple in Mexican cuisine, are flavorful and naturally thick — not to mention satisfyingly satiating. The beans are cooked, mashed, and then fried (but not actually fried twice), giving them their signature texture and taste. Not only are they an excellent way to add volume to your beef tacos, but they also introduce an added layer of flavor and a delightful textural contrast.

Tips for combining your taco filling

To cook and combine taco beef with refried beans, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to ensure the mixture turns out just right. As always, it is important to start with quality ingredients that work best for your recipe. For tacos, opt for lean ground beef to ensure a meaty flavor without excessive grease. For the beans, canned refried beans can work in a pinch, but consider making them from scratch if you have the time. Freshly made refried beans have an unbeatable flavor and texture.

Next, try pressing and stirring the beans rather than simply heating them in a pan. Be sure to brown the beef with taco seasoning before heating the beans to prevent over-cooking the meat. Once both the beef and beans are ready, slowly fold them together. This gradual incorporation ensures that you don't end up with large clumps of beans or beef, but rather a consistent, well-mixed filling. Let the beef and bean mixture simmer for a few minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together, creating a harmonious filling that's both thick and delicious.

By combining beef with refried beans, you will enjoy a heartier and tastier beef taco, without thickeners. So, next taco night, give this blend a go and watch as every bite becomes more satisfying than the last.