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Refried Beans

These delicious homemade refried beans are easy to make and taste so much better than beans from a can. 
While you can make these beans with butter or lard, I prefer bacon grease. I feel like it gives the beans more flavor. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time11 hrs 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Toni Anderson


  • 1 bag of dried pinto beans
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter or bacon grease
  • salt to taste


  • Soak pinto beans in water all day.Cook overnight on low in a slow cooker with lots of water. In the morning, drain off most of the water and put in the fridge to cool. Beans should be cold before frying.Add butter or bacon grease to a frying pan.Add cold cooked beans and as much liquid from the beans as desired. The more liquid, the soupier the beans.
  • Cook on medium heat. While beans are cooking start to mash with a potato masher.
  • Continue mashing until desired consistency is reached. Ensure that the beans are simmering while being mashed.Add salt to taste.If beans are too runny, then cook a little longer and the liquid will boil off.
  • Serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 309mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 0.6g