Mexican Fried Beans with Onions and Garlic

Recipe by Kaccy G.
READY IN: 40mins


  • 2
    2 tablespoons bacon or 2 tablespoons chorizo drippings
  • 1
    medium white onion, chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4
    cups undrained seasoned cooked beans, slightly warm
  • salt, to taste
  • 12
    cup monterey jack cheese, shredded,for garnish
  • tortilla chips, for garnish


  • In a large well seasoned or nonstick skillet, heat the oil or pork fat over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until deep golden, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, cook for a minute or so, then use a slotted spoon to scoop in about 1/4 of the beans, leaving most of the liquid behind.
  • With a bean or potato masher, or the back of a large spoon, mash the beans into a coarse puree.
  • Add another portion of the beans, mash them in, and continue until all the beans have been added and coarsely mashed.
  • Add about a cup of bean liquid or water and stir frequently over the heat until the beans are still a little soupier than you'd like to serve them (they'll thicken as they sit.) Taste and season with salt if needed.