Refried Beans

"I got this recipe from a little old lady who ran a cantina near the beach in Ensanada Mexico. Black beans are the best for this recipe. If the color throws you use red."
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped fine
  • 2 medium onions, chopped medium
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced (not traditional) (optional)
  • 4 (14 ounce) cans black beans (or red kidney or pink kidney-black has the most flavor)
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer


  • In a large pan saute the onions and garlic to just translucent.
  • Add the jalapenos and continue to saute until JUST beginning to brown.
  • Add the beans, 2 cans rinsed and drained, two with juice.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for around 1 1/2 hours, adding beer as needed.
  • You don't want the beans to dry out.
  • If there's any remaining beer left drink it.
  • Sometimes 2 cans are needed.
  • Don't add salt until dish is done and taste first.

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  1. NivFreak
    Excellent beans, but maybe you should consider adding a LOT of bean-O to this recipe. We had these last night, and my girl friend is killing the plants in the house. *Grin*
  2. Millereg
    This is spooky - I know for a fact that this was one of the very first recipes that I made and reviewed shortly after I joined Recipezaar about 7 or 8 months ago! Darned gremlins! In any case, I have made them many times since then in my "Death to Canned Refried Beans" campaign. I always make them with Guinness stout or a good strong British brown ale instead of beer. I've eaten them as a side dish, and they have become a staple ingredient any time I make a recipe that calls for refried beans as an ingredient.
  3. Tara1183
    Ecellent! I used half Kideny and Half black beans since I couldnt decide. It took 1 1/2 cans of beer. I made 11 bean burritos with them, 10 for the freezer and one I just ate.
  4. lisa brown
    This recipe rocks! Very easy and the best refried beans I have ever had. My guests oohed and awwed over them. I did mash them up a little at the end
  5. Titanium Chef
    These were great. We used bacon grease instead of the oil, and used the black beans. Next time we'll use a lighter beer; this time we used Negra Modelo which is a dark Mexican lager. I think that it added some bitterness as it cooked down. Thanks for posting, we'll make this again for sure!


  1. james W.
    I used 45 oz. of cooked dry beans and no water. I used 2 Cans of lager and kept everything the same .
  2. EVickers
    I made this recipe over the weekend and it came out very good. I used kidney beans instead of black beans and I didn't have any beer so I just kept adding water a bit at a time. The next time I make it I will use beer to see how it comes out. I also mashed the beans a bit with a potato masher to get closer to the "proper" consistency. Will be using this recipe from now on rather than buying Old El Paso!
  3. almicheal
    This was the very first recipe I read on this site. I finally got around to making it. I made half the recipe. I fried up some bacon and used the dripping in place of the oil. I used one jalapeno, one medium onion and about 3 cloves garlic. I used one can of black and one can of pinto beans, only one with juice. I used half a bottle of Sam Adams Boston Lager. I didn't know whether I was supposed to cover or not with a lid, so I did for the first hour, then removed it for the last half hour. I also used a wisk to break up the beans a little. At the one and a half hour mark it was still a little wet, but I spread some on a flour tortilla and sprinkled with a little Mexican blend shredded cheese and rolled up. It was so delicious. I knew it would be because of all the great reviews, but it is absolutely delicious. I am serving with a roast that I am making in the crockpot with some mexican seasonings. I plan on shredding and filling some tortillas with these wonderful beans and the meat and whatever else sounds delicious. Try these, you won't be disappointed unless you just don't like beans, onions, garlic or jalapenos. Thanks DiB!
  4. Aioli_Queen
    These were absolutely delicious! I actually halved the beans but used the same amount of chilies, garlic and beer. I used serrano chilies instead of jalapenos since I prefer the flavor. We wrapped the beans in corn tortillas with pan fried tofu, grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms and homemade salsa and sour cream. Heaven!
  5. Neeney
    And yet another FANTASTIC recipe from "DiB's". Anyone who regulary visits knows that a recipe from "DiB's" guarantees to be THE BEST! I've tried her Pickled Eggs, Spaghetti Sauce, Homemade Ketchup, and many MANY more of her recipes. Diana, thanks for this WONDERFUL recipe! I have to admit, when I saw there was beer in it, I thought it would turn out a little bland. But I trusted that because it came from you, it would be great! Because my DH & kids love spicy food, I saved 1/2 the batch as the recipe calls for EXACTLY, and also added some ground cumin & chili powder to the other half. Last night I put some tortilla chips on a plate, added the refried beans with the cumin & chili powder, put some lettuce & tomato on it, and some homemade salsa & taco sauce. IT WAS TO DIE FOR!!! If someone isn't worried about high sodium, I also recommend using bacon grease instead of the oil. But if you're looking for a lower fat refried beans recipe, use the oil!!! From a Recipezaar member FEVERISHLY looking for "DiB's" recipes, Janine from Illinois



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