Refried Beans


For a savory complex flavor, cook the garlic for these Refried Beans in bacon drippings. Make this Mexican side dish recipe vegetarian by opting for olive oil instead.

Refried Beans
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Stand Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
2 cups


  • ½ pound dry pinto beans (about 1-1/4 cups)

  • 8 cup water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon bacon drippings or olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Rinse beans. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven combine beans and 4 cups of the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in pan. Cover and let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans.

  2. In the same saucepan or Dutch oven combine beans, 4 cups fresh water, and the salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until beans are very tender. Drain beans, reserving liquid.

  3. In a heavy large skillet heat bacon drippings. Stir in garlic. Add beans; mash thoroughly with a potato masher. Stir in enough of the cooking liquid (about 1/4 cup) to make a paste like mixture. Cook, uncovered, over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until thick, stirring often. Season to taste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
7g Fat
36g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 321mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 524mg 11%
Folate, total 88.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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