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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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs
1 hr
3 hrs 20 mins
2 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

257 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 6mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 36g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 9g; sugars 1g; protein 12g; vitamin c 3mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.4mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 88.7mcg; sodium 321mg; potassium 524mg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 2.2mg.