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Soak and cook the beans
How to make Refried Beans

Cook the beans

Chelsie Kenyon
What you will need:
  • 16 oz bag of pinto beans
  • Large bowl of water to soak the beans
  • Olla, stock pot or crock pot to cook the beans
  • Epazote (optional, if you have it available)
  • Fat for frying the beans (In order of preference- lard, pork fat, bacon renderings, coconut oil, olive oil, vegetable oil or any combination of those)
  • A comal, cast iron pan or other frying pan
  • A wooden spoon or other utensil to smash the beans with
  • Additional water to thin the beans (optional)

First you will need to soak the beans overnight in a large bowl of water. The water should cover the beans by at least 2 inches. Loosely cover them and let them soak for 12-24 hours at room temperature. After soaking, rinse them thoroughly in a colander or strainer and keep an eye out for any rocks or debris that may be mixed in with the beans. Place the beans in an olla, stockpot or Crock-pot and add enough water to cover the beans. If you are using Epazote you can add a sprig while the beans are cooking. Cook on/over low for eight to ten hours or until the beans are cooked and softened.

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