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This homemade refried beans recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. Refried beans are the perfect side dish for your favorite Tex-Mex dishes, like tacos, cheesy chicken, nachos, burritos, & more!

Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 135kcal
This homemade refried beans recipe is simple and absolutely delicious. Refried beans are the perfect side dish for your favorite Tex-Mex dishes, like tacos, cheesy chicken, nachos, burritos, & more!
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Ingredients

  • ½ pound dried pinto beans
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin divided
  • 1 medium white onion minced, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic minced, divided
  • teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper divided
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons lard bacon fat or unsalted butter
  • Garnishes: Mexican blend shredded cheese crumbled Cojita cheese, fresh cilantro, black olives, sliced jalapenos

Instructions

  • Place the beans in a colander, rinse with cold water until the water runs clear, and pick out any discolored/dark beans. Transfer the beans to a large, lidded pot and cover with cold water by at least 2 inches.
  • Add 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, 1 teaspoon cumin, ½ of the minced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 3 teaspoons kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once the beans are at a full boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer 1½-2 hours, or until the beans are very tender.
  • Save the cooking liquid by draining the beans in a colander placed over a large bowl.
  • Heat oil and fat in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Reduce heat to medium-low and sauté the remaining minced onion until translucent and lightly golden (about 5 minutes). Stir often.
  • Add 1 clove minced garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  • Add 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Stir well.
  • Add the beans and cook 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup reserved bean-cooking liquid and mash the beans with a potato masher. Cook until almost all liquid is absorbed or until the
  • desired consistency. If more cooking liquid is needed, add 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  • When ready to serve: sprinkle the beans with cheese, the remaining chopped cilantro and your favorite garnishes.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 1313mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 4g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.8mg