Easy Refried Beans (Refritos)

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Debs Recipes

These yummy refritos are made from canned red beans for quickness and convenience. I think they are a BIG step up from regular refried beans out of a can!

Top Review by Sarah

My first try at making refried beans and certainly something I would make again. I think I would use a little more spice next time as it seemed a little bland for my taste, but this may have been due to the lack of bacon grease - I used oil instead. Definitely nice to make your own and not rely on those things in cans :-) Thanks for a great recipe Deb.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt bacon grease in a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat; add onions and jalapeno; cook and stir until tender; add beans a half-can at a time, stirring to incorporate; add seasonings to taste.
  2. Cook beans, stirring frequently with wooden spoon and mashing them (use the back of the wooden spoon or even a potato masher) as you go, for 15-20 minutes until liquid evaporates and beans thicken; top with cheese and serve.
  3. NOTE: If you like your refritos especially smooth, run them through the blender or food processor before cooking.

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