Frijoles Refritos (Refried Beans)


An authentic recipe for Mexican-style beans. Serve moist and hot with your meal, cover with grated Mexican cheese and accompanied by pickled jalapeno peppers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 3 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 18 mins
12 servings


  • 5 quarts water, or as needed

  • 1 pound pinto beans, washed

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • canola oil


  1. Combine water, pinto beans, and garlic into a large pot and cover; Cook over low heat for 5 1/2 hours; stir salt into beans and continue cooking until beans are very soft, about 30 minutes more.

  2. Heat canola oil in a skillet over high heat. Spoon the beans into the skillet without draining excess water; mash beans using a potato masher until they begin to lose their shape, about 3 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Add water if needed during the cook time to ensure that the beans remain covered.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 533mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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