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Mexican Refried beans.

Refried Beans

An easy and delicious recipe.

  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8


  • 2 slices of bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 ounce (1/2 kilo) beans or pinto beans (approximately 2 cups), rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup beef stock
  • Queso Fresco in crumbles and chopped cilantro to serve, optional


  1. Place the bacon in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and pepper,  and cook, frequently stirring, until it softens, 3-5 minutes.
    Ingredients for refried beans.
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Add 12 cups water, salt, and beans to the pot. Turn up the heat and allow it to boil.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, occasionally stirring until the beans are soft, about 2 hours.
    Cooked pinto beans.
  4. Drain the beans. In the same pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add back the beans and brown while stirring. Add the beef stock 1/4 cup at a time and crush the beans. Continue until the mix thickens and all beans are crushed.
    Mushing the beans. Refried beans.
  5. Serve warm with queso fresco and cilantro.
    Refried beans.


Healthy Mexican Food: Pork Enchiladas with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans was sponsored by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies in 2017. All opinions are mine.

  • Author: Pilar Hernandez
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Beans
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Refried beans