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

5 5

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

5 5

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.

5 5

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