Ultimate Refried Beans with Cheese

Traditionally made with pinto beans, my version of the ultimate refried beans uses a combination of black beans and light red kidney for a more robust flavor.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
15 hrs 55 mins
10 servings


  • ¼ pound dry black beans

  • ¼ pound dry red kidney beans

  • 1 cup milk

  • 3 tablespoons lard

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile pepper

  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup shredded Oaxaca cheese


  1. Cover beans with 4 inches of water and soak for at least 12 hours, or overnight.

  2. Place the pot with beans and water on the stove and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until much of the water has been absorbed and beans are soft enough to mash, about 2 hours.

  3. Crush the beans thoroughly with a potato masher. Simmer for 1 hour more.

  4. Take an immersion blender to the pot and pulverize the beans until there are no visible solids left. If any water remains, simmer until it evaporates and beans are reduced to a thick paste.

  5. Add milk, lard, garlic powder, salt, chile pepper, cumin, and cayenne and stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes more.

  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  7. Transfer beans to a casserole dish and sprinkle with Oaxaca cheese. Cover with foil.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 20 minutes, removing foil at the 15-minute mark. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

You can use cotija cheese instead, if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

173 Calories
8g Fat
17g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 173
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 785mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 412mg 9%

* 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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