Easy Refried Refried Beans

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins

My sister-in-law who was born and raised in Mexico City shared this recipe for sprucing up canned refried beans. They taste like you've been cooking them for hours.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Gently fry the bacon until near crisp.
  2. Add onion to the bacon grease and saute until tender.
  3. Add the refried beans and water.
  4. Stir and simmer until creamy and heated through.
  5. Place in a serving bowl and top with shredded cheese.
  6. The heat of the beans will melt the cheese.
  7. Serve with hot tortillas and/or tostada chips.


Most Helpful

This recipe really dressed up the plain old can of refried beans! I cut the recipe in half and used a can of jalapeno flavored refried beans. I didn't add any water, because I felt it didn't really need it. These beans had a wonderful flavor! I will definitely be making these again!

Kim D. April 07, 2003

I live in South TX (also called "North Mexico" around here) and these are really GOOD! I have had my share of bean and cheese tacos from the taco stands and shacks, and these are as good if not better than some of theirs! I use the nonfat canned beans to start so I can control the fat/salt. I add a clove of garlic to the onions when they are cooking, and then a bit of salt and pepper. I taste first before the salt, since some bacon is saltier than others. It's nice to get that authentic taste without all the LARD, which is a key ingredient. Perfect topping for some homemade tortillas, which I always have on hand!

CookingBlues June 07, 2010

This is an awesome recipe. I made these for my sons graduation party so made the recipe X 10 and it turned out perfect. I had so many compliments on the beans that I was almost embarrassed that they were so simple. These were a great addition to our "taco bar". Thank you for our refried bean recipe from now on.....Stephanie

mommyoffour June 22, 2007

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