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Best Refried Beans

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"I used a couple of the other recipes on here for a guideline and did my own thing. It turned out so well that I thought I would share this recipe for the best refried beans. Top with grated cheese if desired. Enjoy with chips, in a burrito, etc."
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9 h 50 m servings 169
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Put the pinto beans in a bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Soak for 8 hours to overnight.
  2. Transfer the beans to a medium saucepan and cover with water by about 1 inch. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, celery seed, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Use a colander to separate the liquid from the solids. Transfer the solids to a food processor with diced tomatoes, hot sauce, oregano, and cayenne. Blend to desired consistency.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • When I made this, I added the spices to the food processor because the first spices weren't enough. I don't know how it would change if you added the cayenne to the beans before you cook them (perhaps they would be more spicy?). However, I would definitely wait until the end to add the oregano, Tapatio®, and tomatoes so you don't lose their flavors.
  • You can save the cooking liquid for a soup base.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 169 calories; 0.9 30.9 9.8 0 295 Full nutrition

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These beans are soooo good! The only change I made was using regular oregano because I wasn’t able to find Mexican oregano. Other than that, I made the recipe as is. It makes a great base layer ...