What refried beans are

To clear a common misconception, the beans are not fried twice. As stated by the wikipedia:
The English term "refried," often interpreted as "fried again," is a mistranslation of the Spanish prefix re- as a shortening of the word "refrito," meaning "over."  In fact, the beans are fried only once and the term refrito is actually a reference to overfrying the bean paste so that it dries out to retain a shape for serving purposes.

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