Easy Refried Refried Beans

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

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  1. Kim D.
    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!
  2. Kathleen Grace
    Perfect and easy recipe, just hits the mark. And, for another option, using chicken stock instead of water, and low-sodium pinto beans instead of refried. I like to use both, keep both types on hand.
  3. ChaCha3
    My husband hates refried beans out of a can and almost refused to try it. I convinced him to take a mouthful, promising him it would be topped with cheese and that there was bacon and onion in there. Turkey bacon, but 'shh' he didn't know the difference. He loved them and so did I. It really sparks up the flavor and gives the dish some 'oomph". Pinned it!
  4. CookingBlues
    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!
  5. Stephanie S.
    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


  1. Kathleen Grace
    Perfect and easy recipe, just hits the mark. And, for another option, using chicken stock instead of water, and low-sodium pinto beans instead of refried. I like to use both, keep both types on hand.
  2. KPD123
    this is an awesome base recipe for dressing up refried beans. i made this with a few alterations. i used the 3 slices of bacon, onion, one of those giant cans of spicy refried beans, beer instead of water, a palm full of chili powder, cumin, beef bouillon, a squirt of lime juice and seasoned to taste with salt and pepper. awesome!! served the cheese on the side with the rest of my mexi garnishes. thanks pannan, this is a winner! like you said, tastes like they've been cookin for hours!!! oh and in response to another reviewer, as far as the bacon goes, no- the final product does not scream bacon, but it was the bacon/grease that contributed to the depth of flavor. in fact, i thought the bacon is what sets this recipe apart and that's why i chose to make this recipe. thanks again, nan!
  3. muncheechee
    Just have to say . . . YUM! I never knew canned refried beans could be so good. Going by the reviews of others, instead of putting bacon in the beans, I used some reserved bacon grease I had in the fridge. Will definitely use this recipe again and again. Thanks!
  4. AggieMom
    Fantastic! I made one change and that was instead of the water I used chicken stock and added a bit of garlic and onion salt. Loved this recipe.
  5. teresas
    This was really good! I didn't have any bacon on hand but will use it next time. I did cut the recipe in half. Instead of the water I used the juice from a jar of pickled jalapeno's. I threw some jalapeno's in also. I like things hot and spicy. Served it along side of "Margarita Fajita Chicken" recipe #13537. To finish off this excellent meal I prepared once again "Freezer Margarita" recipe #98221 Thanks, for posting PanNan. Update: 2/4/07 Made these again but with the bacon. I personally feel that the bacon really doesn't add any additional flavor to the beans. More fat! but not more flavor. This time I served them with recipe #157380 they came out excellent as always. I also throw the beans in the mircowave for a few seconds. Thanks, again PanNan for posting.



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