Refried Beans

March 2, 2019  |  Other, Recipes

Makes two batches.


  • Dried pinto beans (1 lbs)
  • Garlic (8 cloves)
  • Mint/oregano (small spoonful each)
  • Lard (1 c.)
  • Onions (5 to 6 small/medium)
  • Jalapeno peppers (2)
  • Chipotle (not too much! Small spoonful per batch), cumin, paprika, chili powder
  • Salt


After beans are boiled, split ingredients in two and cook one half at a time in a skillet.

  • Soak beans overnight
  • Add water, garlic cloves, mint and oregano to beans
  • Boil beans for 1.5 hours
  • Separate water from beans; KEEP WATER!
  • At this point, use half the beans at a time
  • Add lard to pan (½ cup per batch), melt
  • Add finely chopped onions to lard (3 small to medium onions per batch)
  • Brown onions
  • Add finely chopped jalapeno (1 per batch), spices, mix for a minute
  • Add first half of beans, mix, cook for two minutes
  • Add scoop of reserved water, mix, mash (repeat this step until desired consistency is achieved)
  • Salt to taste (important, needs quite a bit of salt!)