As a bona fide Yankee of mixed Northern European extraction living in Central Texas, I could not, in good conscience, call these "authentic" Refried Beans. What they are, however, is heart-stoppingly delicious. Cooked from scratch, so you can control the amount of sodium (within reason, of course! There's BACON in here!) these beans outstrip anything you'll find in a can. If you want to skip the pressure cooker business (my favorite bean-cooking method), Go ahead and soak your beans and cook for 3-5 hours in 6 or so cups of water, or whatever method you use (I've heard terrific things about overnight bean cooking). I use Recipe #211317 to mix up my own Dry Adobo Seasoning (Adobo Seco) Serve these beans with my "Better than America's Test Kitchen" Spanish Rice, and you'll think you've died and gone to heaven!