The Pioneer Woman Tasty Kitchen
Avatar Image

Refried Beans

5.00 Mitt(s) 5 Rating(s)5 votes, average: 5.00 out of 55 votes, average: 5.00 out of 55 votes, average: 5.00 out of 55 votes, average: 5.00 out of 55 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5

Prep:

Cook:

Level: Easy

System:

6

Description

Homemade refried beans are the easiest in the world to make, and are toward the top of the list of “Things That are SO Worth Making From Scratch Because They Taste So Much Better Than The Storebought Stuff.” Use them to make burritos, nachos, or just top with cheese and serve alongside tacos, quesadillas, or enchiladas.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Recipe Of Pioneer Woman's "Homemade Pinto Beans"
  • 1 Tablespoon (to 2 Tablespoons) Of Fat (bacon Grease, Lard, Shortening, Or Butter Will Work)
  • Cayenne Pepper And/or Chili Pepper (optional)
  • Sliced Jarred Jalapeños (optional)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste

Preparation

First make a batch of my homemade pinto beans:

4 cups dried pinto beans
4 slices thick cut bacon, sliced into 1 inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper

Rinse the beans under cool water. If you see any little strange looking bits in there, pick them out and discard. Put the beans in a Dutch oven (or similarly large pot) and fill with water until 2 inches above the beans.

Throw the bacon in the pot, and bring everything to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about two hours until nice and thick. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons black pepper. Next, if you want to spice up your refried beans, add any of the optional ingredients listed above.

Now, spoon the cooked beans into a mixing bowl. Allow a little of the cooking liquid in there, too. If you like your refried beans a bit soupy, add a little more liquid. Then, with a potato masher, simply mash away!

Next throw in some fat like shortening, lard, bacon grease or even a few tablespoons of butter. You can certainly omit this step if you’re trying to cut down on fat but it really contributes to the smooth consistency, and in the case of the bacon grease and butter, the flavor of the refried beans. Now continue mashing until the mixture reaches desired consistency. You can leave them quite lumpy or make them super smooth – it all depends on how much you mash. Then, go ahead and season them to taste. Even if the cooked beans were seasoned, the mashed version might need a little more salt.

If you prefer to actually fry the refried beans, you can do the mashing in a large skillet over medium-low heat but you don’t have to.

7 Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Avatar of Launa Haywood

Launa Haywood on 3.28.2013

Mjrl~I would SOAK the Beans overnight FIRST..

Avatar of Launa Haywood

Launa Haywood on 3.28.2013

UNCOOKED Bacon into Pot????

Avatar of mjrl

mjrl on 12.3.2010

Don’t you have to soak the beans overnight first? And then pre-cook them for 2 hours?

Avatar of heresthediehl

heresthediehl on 9.29.2010

I made these this week and absolutely loved them! I’ll never buy canned beans again :)

Avatar of vinegarfizz

vinegarfizz on 4.14.2010

I will never be able to bring myself to purchase canned refried beans again. Incredibly delicious. Thanks, PW!

5 Reviews

You must be logged in to post a review.

Avatar of socalcheapskate

socalcheapskate on 12.19.2012

Turned out great, thanks!

Avatar of amycookie

amycookie on 11.27.2011

So easy and yummy! Why did I ever buy canned refried beans? Thanks for the recipe!

Avatar of heresthediehl

heresthediehl on 10.13.2010

absolutely loved these! i’ll make them any time we need pintos/refried beans.

Avatar of milkwithknives

milkwithknives on 9.23.2010

Delicious! I crockpotted the beans all day (with a spoonful of ham base instead of bacon), so I just had to mash them up with a dab of butter when I got home. I ate them on my little homemade corn tortillas, and it was one of those absolutely perfect meals that for some reason just thoroughly hits the spot. I’m looking forward to the leftovers for dinner tonight. Oh, I also saved the extra broth from the pot for soup this weekend. Yummy. Thanks a mil, Ree.

Avatar of abarnum619

abarnum619 on 5.19.2010

These are excellent, and much better than any canned version.

Related Recipes

Brussels Sprout and Apple Slaw
Avatar Image by DessertForTwo in Appetizers
Brussels Sprout and Apple Slaw with a tangy Greek yogurt dressing...all...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 4 Level: Easy


Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Avatar Image by Sarah | Real Food Mom, MD in Appetizers
Subtly sweet, crunchy peanut butter granola bars.
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 12 Level: Easy


Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls
Avatar Image by Dax Phillips in Appetizers
Everything you love about a jalapeno popper, but tucked into an...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 4 Level: Easy


Baked Vegetable Quartet
Avatar Image by C. L. ( Cheryl ) "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser in Appetizers
Some of your favorite breaded vegetables, baked to perfection with a...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 8 Level: Intermediate


Small Batch Potato Chips
Avatar Image by Patricia @ ButterYum in Appetizers
What do you do when you're craving potato chips, but you...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 1 Level: Intermediate