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Refried beans

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Refried beans
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A great side for just about any Mexican main dish. You can also use them in a burrito or on top of your nachos.
For Step-by-Step instructions are also available. How to make Refried Beans with a picture of each step.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes


  • 2 cups uncooked pinto beans
  • 2 sprigs epazote (if available)
  • 1/2 cup bacon drippings or lard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 serrano chile, seeded and halved (optional)
  • salt to taste


Rinse beans and check for debris. Place beans in a large pot and fill with water (approximately 7 cups.) Add epazote. Bring beans to a boil, then reduce to a slow simmer for 2 hours. If water level gets low, replace with more boiling hot water.

When beans are extremely soft, prepare a large skillet by heating drippings or lard over medium heat. Cook the serrano chiles until browned. Using a slotted spoon, add in about 1/2 cup of beans and mash with back of spoon or mashing utensil. If the mixture seems thick, add about a tablespoon of the cooking liquid from the beans.

Continue to add beans and mash them together, adding liquid as necessary. Remove chiles and discard. Add garlic powder and salt to taste.

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 5 out of 5
Never buying canned again!!!, Member ATleiens

The beans came out wonderful, much more flavor then the canned and not nearly as gluey. I will be using them for beef and bean burritos tonight but could not resist stealing a bit and melting some cheese on top for a snack with lunch. The beans were just the slightest touch bony so I think I will simmer them 15 minutes to a half hour longer next time. I will make this a regular fur sure, they are well worth the time they take to make them!

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