Mexican Refried Beans

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 5m
Ready In

"You can use black beans if you wish"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (207 g)
  • Calories 53.8
  • Total Fat - 4.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 4.1 mg
  • Sodium - 8.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 3.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 1.5 g
  • Protein - 0.8 g
  • Calcium - 20.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 5.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Drain beans.

Step 2

Add all ingredients except lard to soup pot. Simmer 2 hours until beans are soft, stir more at end of cooking.

Step 3

Water should be almost boiled off, if not drain.

Step 4

Add lard and mash until creamy.


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.

  • When selecting lard, it is important to use a high-quality product to ensure a flavorful and creamy texture.
  • It is best to use fresh onions for this recipe in order to achieve the best flavor.

  • Instead of lard, you can use vegetable shortening for a similar creamy texture. Vegetable shortening is a healthier alternative to lard and is also flavorless, so it won't affect the taste of the dish.
  • If fresh onions are unavailable, you can use dried onion flakes. Dried onion flakes are a convenient and shelf-stable alternative, and they will still provide a good flavor to the dish.

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1 Reviews


I soaked for a few hours and then made as directed (using bacon drippings instead of lard--it's what I had). The red pepper flakes add a hint of heat, which was delightful.


review by:
(9 May 2023)

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