tutu de feijão or vegetarian refried beans

by Heguiberto on August 9, 2011

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Tutu is a dish made in my birth state, Minas Gerais, in Brazil, that consists of mashed beans seasoned with spices and some fat, either of animal or vegetal origin. In the essentials, it is more-or-less the same as the popular Mexican style dish in the US called “refried beans.” Traditionally tutu is served with fried pork skin, braised pork belly or ribs, fried egg, cassava flour, rice and sautéed collard greens. It is a delicious food bomb: you eat it and go directly into a food coma. Next time you visit Minas, make sure to include this on your culinary tour, for it is a local delicacy.

tutu de feijão or vegetarian refried beans

tutu de feijão or vegetarian refried beans

Steven and I used to eat tutu with all the fatty pork all the time, though not since we’ve become pesce-vegetarians. Nevertheless, the other day Steven cooked a large pot of red kidney beans so, feeling inspired, I decided to make some into a delicious vegetarian tutu. Turns out it doesn’t really need all the animal fat to be excellent. Tutu can be served as a side dish to any meal or as party dip. It is nutritious and full of flavor, and, since these are beans, children can have fun making jokes (after all, to English speakers this Portuguese name sounds a lot like “toot-toot”) while the whole family eats healthy.

tutu de feijão or vegetarian refried beans

6 cups cooked red kidney bean plus some of cooking liquid
3 cloves garlic, mashed
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp cumin powder
Pinch cayenne
1 cup grated sharp cheddar
2 whole scallions, chopped

Place beans with some of the liquid in a deep pan. Using a stick blender process until it turns into a thick paste.

Add olive oil to a non-stick skillet, followed by garlic and sauté until aromatic. Next in goes bean paste, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne pepper. Bring it to a boil, reduce temp to medium-low and cook for about 10 minutes to allow time for flavors to blend. Stir every couple of minutes or so to prevent sticking. If excessively wet, cook longer.

Turn oven to broil.

Transfer bean to a heat resistant bowl. Mix cheddar cheese with scallions and scatter mixture over beans. Place bowl in the oven just long enough to melt cheddar. Remove and serve with a side of rice.

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Heavenly Housewife August 9, 2011 at 4:31 am

I love this. It sounds like real comfort food.
*kisses* HH
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Kathryn August 9, 2011 at 6:54 am

I found your site on Food Blogs this morning and it looks so fun. Refried beans are one of my favorite comfort foods as well and something I haven’t made in ages. Looking forward to trying your version.

Devaki @ weavethousandflavors August 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

Dear Heguiberto – Thank you! finally an authetic recipe for refried beans. You don’t know how helpful this is going to be around our home and since I always have raw kidney beans in the pantry, just wonderful!

Just can’t have enough of such comfort dishes :)

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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Faith August 9, 2011 at 7:52 am

Great minds think alike — I am posting a recipe for refried beans tomorrow! They’re one of my favorite vegetarian meals and yours look really delicious, especially topped with cheese and scallion!
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Sara August 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sounds like the perfect meal for a cozy evening. Obrigada!
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Magic of Spice August 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Absolutely delicious…I could go for a bowl right now :)
Hope you guys are having a great week!
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