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Refried Beans

Makes 6 servings.

What's more a tradition of the Southwest than Refried Beans.

Side Dish Recipes from AlansKitchen.comIngredients


  1. Check beans and throw out any pebbles, broken beans or beans that are shriveled or discolored.  

  2. Rinse beans under cold water.

  3. To soften beans, place beans in a large kettle.  

  4. Add water to cover beans about 2 inches.  

  5. Or, cover and bring to a boil.  

  6. At a rapid boil, continue for 2 minutes.  

  7. Then remove from heat, cover, and let stand for an hour.

  8. When starting to cook beans, drain and add the 6 cups of water.  

  9. Add the onion, garlic and vegetable oil.  

  10. Cover and bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.  

  11. Reduce heat and simmer with cover slightly off until beans for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until pinto beans are tender.  

  12. Add water if necessary.

  13. Brown  bacon in large skillet.  

  14. Remove bacon from skillet.  

  15. Drain beans (reserve liquid) and process beans in a food processor or mash with a potato masher.  

  16. Add mashed beans and cook over medium heat until beans cook into a thick paste.  

  17. If too dry, stir in small amounts of bean broth.  

  18. Top with cheddar cheese.

Picnicking & Tailgating

Re-heat beans (on stove or in microwave) and place into a thermal container.  Serve and enjoy!

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