This is such a quick and easy starter to do and has a great taste. The refried beans are very versatile and can be used in many different dishes. I have chosen to make it as a starter. Again you can make the beans the night before and therefore giving you time to sort other things out on the day of your party!

Great Mexican Vegetarian Party Starter

Makes 10-12 Individual Starters


Ingredients for Refried Beans


1 Can Kidney Beans/400g- Washed and Drained

1tbsp Olive Oil

2 Cloves Garlic

1tsp Ginger

3tbsp Tomato Ketchup

1 Ripe Large Tomato

Salt to taste

Freshly Grounded Pepper

Chilli Flakes to make it Spicy- Optional

1 Pack Taco Shells- Cooke both sides until golden in colour- You may not need them all


For the Topping


1 Iceberg Lettuce- Finely Shredded- Again you may not need all

2-3 Tomatoes- Deseeded and Finely Chopped

5 Spring Onions- Finely Chopped

1 Red Onion- Finely Chopped

Grated Cheese




In a food processor, grind the beans, tomato, garlic and ginger. Grind until semi smooth. In a pan heat the oil and add the bean mixture. Stir well and add the rest of the ingredients apart from the taco shells. Heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Check for salt. Leave aside.

Break the tacos in large chunks. Take a spoon of beans and layer the bottom of your serving bowl; it is nicer if you have small bowls as you want to serve it like a canapé. Sprinkle some lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, red onions and finally some cheese. Take the taco pieces and dot them on the side. Add a small dollop of guacamole on the side and its ready to serve! Yummy, Happy Partying!!