Guatemalan Refried Black Beans

Prep Time
2 1/2h
Cook Time
2h 10m
Ready In

"I've done two extended trips to Guatemala, working with the International School Project. I love their cuisine, especially their beans, which are served with every meal. Serve with bread. Prep time doesn't include overnight soak."

Original is 7 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (120.3 g)
  • Calories 315.2
  • Total Fat - 5.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 587 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 51.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 12.4 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 16.9 g
  • Calcium - 105.4 mg
  • Iron - 3.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 3.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Pick over beans, looking for little stones that got mixed in. Wash and drain. Place beans in a large heavy pot and cover with cold water so water level is 2 inches above beans. Soak overnight.

Step 2

The next day, drain the beans and discard the water. Cover the beans with fresh water so water is 2 inches above beans. Add the garlic and bring the water to a boil. Cover and turn heat to low, keeping at a soft boil for 1 hour.

Step 3

When beans are soft, add the onions and salt, then simmer for another hour. Taste the beans and adjust seasoning if needed. Drain the beans, reserving the cooking liquid.

Step 4

Heat 1/2 cup oil in a large skillet (some I've talked to use peanut oil, some use vegetable oil, and some use olive oil).

Step 5

Add the beans and about 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Mash the beans, adding more of the reserved liquid as needed, until they are a soft consistency. Stir until the puree thickens and the liquid evaporates.

Step 6

If desired, serve with Queso Fresco (fresh Mexican cheese) or crema (Mexican sour cream).

Step 7

Alternate Method:

Step 8

Crockpot Method - Still soak overnight, then replace water to 1" - 1 1/2" above beans. Add remaining ingredients, cover and turn to high. Once the beans are hot, reduce to low and cook 6-8 hours.

Step 9

Blender Method - Wait until beans have slightly cooled. With a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to a food processor or blender, adding about 1/2 cup of liquid. Puree until smooth, adding more liquid if needed. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet, add pureed beans and cook until warmed through.


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