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    Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)

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    25 mins

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    20 mins

    Sandy in Oklahoma's Note:

    When I have left over pinto beans, this is our favorite recipe. Once you taste it, you'll never settle for canned refried beans again. Queso Blanco is not a melting cheese but it becomes soft and creamy when heated. In this recipe you get yummy savory beans with creamy little bits of cheese. Delicious!

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    • 4 cups cooked pinto beans, undrained (canned pinto beans can be used)
    • 1/4 cup chopped onion
    • 1 small finely chopped jalapeno, deseeded
    • 1/4 cup lard (cooking oil can be used also) or 1/4 cup butter (cooking oil can be used also)
    • salt, to taste
    • pepper, to taste
    • 8 ounces queso blanco, grated


    1. 1
      Place beans and juice in blender or food processor. Blend just enough to break into small pieces.
    2. 2
      Cook and stir onion and jalapeno in hot lard or butter until tender. Stir in beans 1 cup at a time until they are all incorporated.
    3. 3
      Continue cooking and stirring constantly until mixture thickens and you can see the bottom of the pan as you stir.
    4. 4
      Add cheese and stir until well-blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    5. 5
      Note: My home cooked pinto beans tend to be spicy. If you are using mild beans or canned beans, you might want to add a couple cloves of minced garlic and 1/2-1 teaspoon cumin.

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    Nutritional Facts for Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)

    Serving Size: 1 (789 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 365.3
    Calories from Fat 125
    Total Fat 13.9 g
    Saturated Fat 5.2 g
    Cholesterol 12.1 mg
    Sodium 2.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 15.6 g
    Sugars 1.1 g
    Protein 15.5 g

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    queso blanco

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