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homemade refried beans

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Elaine Bovender
Wilmington, NC

I had some cranberry beans in the freezer that I'd fixed a few weeks earlier that I wanted to use. I made an enchilada casserole and I served these beans with another side of Spanish rice. It was so good, I decided to share my recipe here. Enjoy!

(1 rating)
yield 4 to 6, depending on serving size
prep time 5 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For homemade refried beans

  • 2 c
    cooked pinto beans or cranberry beans (i used leftover cranberry beans that i had cooked and previously frozen)
  • 1 sm
    onion, chopped fine
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp
    lard or shortening (i used lard)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated cheese (your choice) for topping. i used white cheddar in the picture.

How To Make homemade refried beans

  • 1
    Melt lard/shortening in a skillet. When grease is hot, add onions and saute on medium heat until cooked and transparent. Add beans, mashing them with a spatula. Add salt and pepper to taste and continue cooking. Using a spatula, continue mashing and scraping the bottom. Cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • 2
    Remove from heat and top with your favorite shredded cheese and cover. When cheese has melted, serve with tacos, enchiladas, or your favorite Mexican dish.