Mexican Restaurant Style Refried Beans

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Recipe: #38059

January 10, 2022

"Uses canned beans easy fast You can also cook tortillas in the beans just using tongs to move inside the beans and plate and top them for a quick meal"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (176.7 g)
  • Calories 141.6
  • Total Fat - 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 21.5 mg
  • Sodium - 350.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4 g
  • Sugars - 5.2 g
  • Protein - 7.9 g
  • Calcium - 146.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat grease

Step 2

Add whole jalapeno

Step 3

And tortilla cut in 1/4ths

Step 4

Heat until browned

Step 5


Step 6

Add beans mash around

Step 7

Add broth and onion powder

Step 8

Stir until smooth (add more broth if you like you beans runny

Step 9

Cook simmering down to desired consistency

Step 10

Check for seasoning

Step 11

Add salt if needed but I'm not

Step 12

Chop jalapeno

Step 13

Top beans with cheese and green onion and jalapeno if wanted


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.

  • If you prefer a spicier dish, you can add more jalapenos or use hotter peppers.
  • Be sure to use canned refried beans, as they are already cooked and will save you time.

  • For the bacon grease, substitute vegetable oil for a vegetarian option. This substitution will provide a similar flavor and texture to the refried beans, while still allowing the dish to remain vegetarian.
  • For the chicken broth, substitute vegetable broth for a vegan option. This substitution will provide a similar flavor and texture to the refried beans, while still allowing the dish to remain vegan.

Vegan Refried Beans Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil instead of bacon grease. Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Omit the cheese and top with vegan cheese instead.

Mexican Rice: A simple yet flavorful side dish to pair with the refried beans, Mexican Rice is made with long-grain rice, garlic, onion, and tomato sauce. It is a perfect way to round out the meal and add a delicious and comforting carb.

Guacamole: A classic Mexican side dish, guacamole is a delicious and easy way to add a punch of flavor to the meal. Made with avocados, tomatoes, lime juice, and cilantro, it is a creamy and flavorful accompaniment to the refried beans and Mexican Rice.


Q: How can I make the refried beans more flavorful?

A: You can add more onion powder, salt, or jalapeno to increase the flavor of the refried beans. You can also add some queso fresco or green onion to garnish the beans.

Q: How do I make vegan refried beans?

A: To make vegan refried beans, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and replace the lard with a vegan-friendly oil such as olive oil. You can also use vegan cheese or sour cream as a topping.

3 Reviews


Great beans. I don't think I've ever added bacon grease to them before but it adds a nice flavor. Thanks for sharing, Dee.


review by:
(10 Feb 2023)


These beans were great. We didn't use the jalapeno. The chicken broth did a good job thinning out the beans.


review by:
(9 May 2022)


Great doctored up canned beans!! I think I would dice up the pepper before cooking it in the bacon grease and use a bit less bacon grease. The recipe didn't say what to do with the fried tortilla, but I left some in the beans and some sprinkled on top with the cheese and onion. I didn't find the beans needed any broth, as they were a good texture as is. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(6 May 2022)

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Fun facts:

The refried beans recipe originated in Mexico, where it is known as "frijoles refritos". The dish was popularized in the United States by Mexican-American restaurants in the early 20th century.

The famous chef, Julia Child, was known to enjoy refried beans, and even included them in her cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”