James Garners Refritos(Refried Beans)

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Recipe: #39661

October 09, 2022

"How Jim Rockford (lol) made his beans I would watch him reading box of cereal,love his acting"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (309.3 g)
  • Calories 154.4
  • Total Fat - 7.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0.9 mg
  • Sodium - 239.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7 g
  • Sugars - 9.4 g
  • Protein - 5.4 g
  • Calcium - 96.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 30.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In bowl

Step 2

Mash with potato masher the beans

Step 3

Stir in rest of ingredients

Step 4


Step 5

Heat oil and saute the onions and peppers until softened

Step 6

Add mashed items

Step 7

Simmer 10 minutes while stirring and scraping with wooden spoon


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Make sure to purchase canned pinto beans that are already drained.
  • If you don't like spicy foods, you can reduce the amount of chili powder and green chili peppers.

  • For the mash: Substitute black beans for the pinto beans for a more earthy flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that black beans are a great source of plant-based protein, so this dish will be even healthier.
  • For the fry: Substitute bell peppers for the Anaheim green chili peppers for a milder flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that bell peppers are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and they are lower in heat than chili peppers.

Vegan Refritos Replace the chicken stock with vegetable stock, and use 1/4 cup of vegan butter instead of olive oil for the mash and for frying the onions and peppers.

Mexican Rice: This flavorful Mexican-style rice is the perfect accompaniment to Jim Rockford's Refritos. It's simple to make and cooks in just a few minutes, making it an ideal side dish for a busy weeknight dinner.

Grilled Corn with Cheese and Chipotle: This delicious side dish is the perfect complement to Mexican Rice. The creamy cheese and smoky chipotle flavor blend perfectly with the sweetness of the grilled corn. Plus, it's easy to make and ready in just minutes, making it a great addition to any meal.


Q: How long should I simmer the refried beans?

A: Simmer the refried beans for 10 minutes while stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon.

Q: How do I make refried beans from scratch?

A: To make refried beans from scratch, start by soaking dry pinto beans overnight. Then, cook the beans in a pot with water, onion, garlic, and seasonings. Finally, mash the beans with a potato masher and season to taste.

2 Reviews


Taste like homemade but from canned pinto beans! A nice change from the Rosarita refried beans I typically serve up on Taco Tuesday. I halved the recipe, but otherwise made as instructed. Will make these again! Made for the AmaZ'ing Race 2023 (Oaxaca, Mexico).


review by:
(10 May 2023)


These refried beans were easy to make. We had add a little more liquid. We will make these again. I had to make these because of the name and we use refried beans all the time.


review by:
(8 Nov 2022)

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Fun facts:

The recipe for James Garner's Refritos is said to have originated from a box of cereal that he was reading in one of his movies. The character of Jim Rockford, played by Garner, was known for his love of refried beans.

James Garner was an American actor and producer who earned two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award during his career. He was also known for his roles in classic films such as The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, and Victor/Victoria.