Total Time
6hrs 5mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 hrs

My friend Gloria is from mexico and makes refried beans just like you get in a good Mexican restaurant. I begged her for the recipe, and I'll share it with you. Cook time includes 2 hr. soaking time.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine beans, water, and onion in a large dutch oven.
  2. Bring to a boil, cover, and remove from heat for 2 hours (or soak beans in cold water overnight) Return to heat, bring to a boil, and simmer slowly until beans are very tender, about 3 hours.
  3. Coarsely mash beans with a potato masher, and add bacon drippings; mix well.
  4. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until beans are thickened and fat is absorbed.
  5. Salt to taste.
Most Helpful

Oh my gosh, these are excellent refried beans. I would give you 10 stars if I could. Thank You!

Sheri-BDB March 27, 2003

Delish! I soaked mine overnight - used about 5 strips of diced bacon (and the drippings) - tossed in a dash of garlic and chili powder. Don't be worried if it seems like you have a lot of liquid when you start mashing the beans - it will disappear as you mash and finish cooking the beans. I mashed mine until they were almost the consistency of mashed potatoes. Thank you for the recipe.

kathydesiderio August 23, 2008

These are fantastic! Very easy to make and as authentic as a favorite Mexican restaurant we go to. Thanks!

Cheryl2 July 18, 2003