Authentic Refried Beans

LiiLii Seniura


On my travels, I stayed at a friends in San Francisco where I met a girl who asked, "wanna know how to make refried beans?"
I wish I could thank her in person. This recipe has been amazing for my authentic mexican nights. You'll never want to use canned beans again!

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1 Hr
3 Hr


1 1/2 c
kidney beans, dry
1 Tbsp
1 clove
1 pinch
pepper (optional)
6 c
2 Tbsp
butter, melted


1Soak your beans in a medium bowl filled with water for 1 - 4 hours
2Rinse beans
3Fill a medium pot with water and add the beans, salt, garlic, (and pepper)
4Boil on medium heat for 2-3 hours, till all the water is mostly absorbed. There will be a small amount of beany liquid at the bottom and the beans will squish easily.
5remove beans from heat. In a large sauce pan add the lard/butter to the pan and allow to melt on medium heat.
6Add beans. Using a spatula mash and fold the beans while frying. It's important to keep the beans moving or they will get crispy. Mash beans till it resembles a paste.
7Serve beans hot with melted cheese and salsa or store for later use. Makes a great cold snack with chips!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes, Dips
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy