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These beans are wonderful!! I didnt have monterey jack cheese so I used shredded chedder with jalapenos, afterbthey were done i let them thicken up a bit under low heat... these are as she says... better than restaurant quality, and I live in So. Cal., we know refried beans! this is my recipe for them from now on...Thanks so much Shirleen! Donna;)

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Donna August 12, 2002

Shirleen, FANTASTIC, reminded of way back when. 1930's and up. You must remeber beans of any kind were called "man fruit" when I was a kid. I made these today as written. The Women folk when I was a kid used Lard instead of butter or Marjorine ( it wasn't invented yet) also, there was always a little Bacon thrown in. I will try that the next time BUT, this is great. Thanks a bunch. Firehouse cook aka Cap'n Jack

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Firehousecook AKA Cap'n Jack October 07, 2009

Great recipe! I added a couple cloves of fresh garlic along with the onion, but otherwise made as is using pepper jack cheese and light margarine. We had friends over and I got several compliments on these beans. However, they do make WAY more than 4-6 servings and it took about 4 hours total for me to make. Since I made them a day ahead, I reheated in the oven for 30 minutes prior to serving. I have some stowed in the freezer, so we'll see how they hold up. Will make again, but scaled down to half! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe! Update: Pulled leftovers from the freezer today...still delicious! It heated up well on the stove and was just as good as the day I made it! So not a bad idea to make a full batch and stick leftovers in the freezer in small servings.

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StacyMD187373 November 07, 2009

This was excellent my DH loves refried beans. I won't be buying these any more. Thanks

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Chef Stiles June 27, 2011

Loved it. I actually made w/black beans cuz that's all I had. Super yummy! Can't wait to throw in my own additions to tweak this. It's a keeper.

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Crazy2day December 15, 2010

This recipe turned out good. For some reason my beans needed to cook about 4 hours to get soft and then I made some adjustments to get the right flavor for us. I used butter instead of margarine, used half the amount of cheese called for. After tasting the beans, I could really taste the butter and wasn't loving it. I added about 1 T. minced pickled jalapeno, some chili powder and a tiny bit of cumin. I used the whisk attachment on my mixer to mash them. I think I'll put them through the blender to get them smooth. Easy, tasty recipe and so much better than refried beans from a can. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Lucky in Bayview June 29, 2013

Fabulous! These beans are really fantastic. I cut the recipe in half and skipped the soaking part, just cooked them for about 3 hours. I used a potato masher on the beans as i like them a little lumpy but next time I think I will try the mixer method. I put a slice of bacon in with the beans to cook and removed it before mashing. I just love this recipe! Made for Name that Ingredient game.

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linguinelisa June 19, 2013

These are yummy. They just needed some cumin to taste like my favorite restaurant beans.

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js9673 July 09, 2012

Loved these!!! I love the bits of onion. I used real butter (had no margarine) and a lil' mexican cheese blend, although I seemed to like it better with NO CHEESE- go figure(?) .Better than ANY canned!!

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kellychris March 22, 2012

Whenever I want to make mexican food I want beans but don't want canned ones. I finally decided to make my own, these are delicious!

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jasesmommy13 September 19, 2011
Refried Beans