This refried beans recipe is rich and creamy and made from scratch with dried beans that are soaked and simmered with pork lard, onion, and garlic, amazing.
Homemade Refried Beans Recipe
We're making the best Refried Beans you can make in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen today, my friends! You're definitely going to want this recipe.
Refried beans are a staple of Mexican cuisine, found everywhere from home kitchens, street foods, to fine dining establishments.
They're not only highly nutritious, but absolutely delicious, difficult to turn down with any meal.
I have an easy homemade refried beans recipe that uses canned pinto beans. It tastes great and is a wonderful time saver, but this particular recipe is truer to authentic refried beans flavor.
We're using pork lard as a primary ingredient, which is used twice in the recipe for refried beans you'll turn to again and again. It offers a richness and depth you'll savor with every taste.
The flavor doesn't get any better than this.
Let's talk about how to make refried beans, shall we?
Homemade Refried Beans Ingredients
The full ingredients list with measurements is listed in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Dried Beans. I’m using dried pinto beans, but you can use black beans or others.
- Pork Lard. This recipe is best with pork lard, but you can use bacon drippings, or vegetable oil.
- Aromatics. Onion and garlic.
How to Make Refried Beans - the Recipe Method
Soak the Beans. Rinse and soak the beans in 6 cups water for 8 hours. You can do this overnight.
Cook the Dried Beans. Drain the beans, then add to a large pot or Dutch oven with 6 cups water, 2 tablespoons of lard, a chopped large onion, and salt.
Simmer the pot, partially covered, for 1-2 hours, or until the beans are nicely tender.
Cook time can vary based on the beans and temperature, so be sure to test them.
Mash and Fry the Beans. Heat a couple tablespoons lard in a large skillet and cook the finely chopped garlic for a minute.
Then, add the cooked beans with bean broth and mash them up with a potato masher or fork to your desired consistency.
I like them nice and creamy, but with some chunky texture throughout.
Thicken the Refried Beans. Adjust for salt and other seasonings, then simmer the refried beans for 5 minutes to thicken them up.
Boom! Done! Your refried beans are ready to serve. Don't they look luxurious? Keep them warm and enjoy as a side, a dip, or as part of the composed meal.
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Bean Options. You can make refried beans from any dried beans. Refried pinto beans and refried black beans are very common, though consider pink beans, kidney beans, or navy beans.
- Skip the Lard. If you prefer to not use lard, bacon drippings are a great alternative, as is chorizo drippings. You can also use an equal amount of vegetable oil or olive oil, though pork lard will give you the best flavor to the beans, the most traditional flavor.
- Extra Seasonings. Feel free to add in your favorite spices, like chili powder (paprika, ancho, guajillo, chipotle), cumin, dried epazote, Mexican oregano, or others.
Serving Refried Beans
Refried beans are traditionally served as a side dish with with many Mexican dishes, from fine dining to humble street food. Top it with crumbly white cheese and fresh herbs.
It's great served with tortilla chips for scooping, but it's also delicious in bean burritos, smeared over your torta, or on top of your favorite nachos recipe.
Homemade refried beans will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. To enjoy again, warm them in a pot on the stove top. Stir in a bit of water or broth if they are too dry.
You can also freeze refried beans for 2-3 months.
That's it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this refried beans recipe. Let me know if you make it. I'd love to hear how it turned out for you, and how you are serving yours.
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Homemade Refried Beans Recipe
- 2 cups dried beans I’m using pinto beans, but you can use black beans or others
- 4 tablespoons pork lard divided (or more as desired)
- 1 large onion chopped (white or yellow)
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- Rinse the beans, then place them into a large bowl with 6 cups water. Soak them for 8 hours, or until tender and hydrated. (Be sure to follow your packaging directions). Drain the beans.
- Add the beans to a large pot or Dutch oven. Add 6 cups water, 2 tablespoons lard, onion, and salt to taste.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Partially cover the beans and simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until the beans are very tender.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons lard in a separate large skillet or pot over medium heat. Cook the garlic for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
- Spoon the bean mixture into the pot and mash with a potato masher or fork until they are a mixture of chunky/creamy, or to your liking. Taste and adjust for salt and seasonings.
- Simmer the refried beans for 5 minutes to thicken.