Refried Beans

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Yields1 Serving

Beans are a staple in Mexican cuisine, they can be used in so many ways.

This is a basic recipe, and from here, many variations can be created.


 1 lb Dried pinto beans, picked over for stones and impurities
 4 tbsp Pork lard, bacon drippings or canola oil
 ½ cup Mi Cocina Salsa Chipotle (medium or hot)
 1 Large onion, ½ diced
 6 Garlic cloves (2 whole, 4 minced)


  • Transfer to a serving bowl, top with crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese, and accompany with tortilla chips. 
  • Use as a side with your favourite dish.
  • Spread some refired beans on a tortilla, add a sunny side egg and top with your favourite Mi Cocina salsa.
  • Add them as part of your filling for a burrito.

Cooking Instructions


In a large pot, place beans and add water to completely cover them. Soak beans overnight.


Discard water and add 8 cups of fresh water, ½ onion, 2 garlic cloves and 1 Tbs salt. Bring beans to a simmer, cover and let cook until tender, about 1 ½ hours over low heat.


Heat a large pan and add oil. Sauté the chopped onion and cook until translucent, about 7 mins, add minced garlic and fry until fragrant, around 30 sec.


Add the beans with their liquid and the salsa.


Use a potato masher or immersion blender to mash the beans into a coarse puree.


Simmer to allow the flavours to come together, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and extra salsa. Enjoy!!


Did You Know?

Pinto means “marked with spots of white or other colors”, hence the name of the pinto beans used in this recipe.



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