Recipes and Cooking Refried Beans 3.5 (6) 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. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Andy Lyons Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 2 hrs Stand Time: 60 mins Total Time: 3 hrs 20 mins Servings: 4 Yield: 2 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 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 Directions 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. 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. 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. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 257 Calories 7g Fat 36g Carbs 12g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.