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authentic refried beans

(1 rating)
Recipe by
LiiLii Seniura
Baltimore, MD

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!

(1 rating)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 3 Hr

Ingredients For authentic refried beans

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

How To Make authentic refried beans

  • 1
    Soak your beans in a medium bowl filled with water for 1 - 4 hours
  • 2
    Rinse beans
  • 3
    Fill a medium pot with water and add the beans, salt, garlic, (and pepper)
  • 4
    Boil 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.
  • 5
    remove beans from heat. In a large sauce pan add the lard/butter to the pan and allow to melt on medium heat.
  • 6
    Add 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.
  • 7
    Serve beans hot with melted cheese and salsa or store for later use. Makes a great cold snack with chips!

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