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RITZ Salvadoran Refried Beans with Curtido

RITZ Salvadoran Refried Beans with Curtido

Prep time90 min
Total time1hr 30min
ServingsMakes 4 servings, 4 topped crackers each.
  • 4½ cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • ½ cup slivered red onions
  • finely shredded carrots (about 1 small carrot)
  • ⅓ cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 2 small jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced, divided
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 can (15 oz.) refried red beans
  • 16 RITZ Crackers
  • 4 tsp. salsa roja
  • Pour 4 cups (1 qt.) boiling water over cabbage in fine-mesh strainer.  Rinse cabbage with cold water; drain well. 
  • Place cabbage in large bowl.  Add red onions, carrots, vinegars, oregano, half the peppers and remaining boiling water; stir.  Refrigerate until ready to use.   
  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on low heat.  Add yellow onions; cook 45 min. to 1 hour or until onions are charred, stirring occasionally.  Remove skillet from heat.  Use slotted spoon to remove onions from skillet, reserving oil in skillet. Discard onions.  
  • Add refried beans to reserved oil; cook on medium heat 4 to 5 min. or until heated through, stirring frequently.  Meanwhile, drain 1/3 cup cabbage mixture.
  • Cover each cracker with 1 tsp. EACH beans and drained cabbage mixture.  Top with salsa roja and remaining peppers.  Refrigerate remaining cabbage mixture and beans up to 3 days before using as desired.
Nutrition Notes

The contrast among colors, flavors and textures make these refried bean and cabbage slaw-topped crackers an interesting, yet tasteful, way to eat well.

Recipe Tips
  • Home Made Salsa Roja
    Heat 3 Tbsp. olive oil in large skillet.  Add 1/4 cup chopped onions and 2 minced garlic cloves; cook and stir 2 min. or until crisp-tender.  Add 2 cups chopped seeded plum tomatoes (about 4 large plum tomatoes) and 2 tsp. dried oregano leaves; stir.  Cook 10 min. or until tomatoes are softened, stirring frequently.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon tomato mixture into blender; blend until smooth.  If a thinner consistency is desired, blend in small amount of water.  Stir in 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, if desired, Or for a spicier salsa, cook a chopped fresh jalapeño pepper or serrano chile along with the onions and garlic.
  • How to Use the Remaining Curtido
    Drain the leftover curtido (cabbage mixture) well before serving it as a tangy side-dish slaw, or as a burger or other sandwich topping.  Or, serve it as a topping for traditional pupusas.
  • How to Use the Remaining Refried Red Beans
    Heat the remaining refried beans before using to prepare your favorite burritos, pupusas or tacos.  Or, serve the beans as a delicious side dish.  Or, serve the warm beans topped with shredded cheese as a warm dip with RITZ Cracker dippers on the side.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 7g 
   Saturated fat 1g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 0mg 
Sodium 220mg 
Carbohydrate 13g 
   Dietary fiber 2g 
   Total sugars 1g 
   Added sugars 1g 
Protein 2g 
Vitamin A2 %DV
Vitamin C6 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV
Calcium2 %DV
Iron4 %DV
Potassium4 %DV

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