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Homemade Refried Beans

Homemade Refried Beans

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Senior food editor Rick Martinez’s father contributed this recipe, which calls for both salt pork and bacon drippings. Yes, you can use lard, but now you have an excuse to eat more bacon. Be mindful of oversalting; both the salt pork and the bacon fat contain quite a bit, and there’s no coming back if you overdo it.


  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 pound dried pinto beans, rinsed, picked through
  • 5 ounces salt pork or thick-cut bacon, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 cup lard or rendered bacon fat, divided
  • Pico de gallo and crumbled queso fresco (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Bring onion, bell pepper, garlic, beans, pork, salt, and 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally and adding boiling water if needed to cover, until beans are tender, 2–2½ hours.

  • Working in 2 batches, heat ½ cup lard in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over high. Fry 6 cups beans and their liquid (they will splatter, so be careful) until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Smash beans in skillet with a potato masher until mixture is thick and no whole beans remain (refried beans should still be pourable at this point, but will thicken as they sit). Transfer to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining beans and ½ cup lard.

  • Top refried beans with pico de gallo and queso fresco.

  • Do Ahead: Beans, before frying, can be made 3 months ahead; freeze in an airtight container.

Reviews SectionThese were phenomenal! I had to make a couple substitutions (no pork or lard), so I used bacon and fried in vegetable oil instead. Absolutely delicious and I'm sure if you had everything they'd be even better. I love Rick's recipes!These were the most delicious refried beans we've ever tasted. Well worth the effort and going to be the new standard for us on Mexican night going forward, thanks!Justin JacotAtlanta04/10/20These sound so delicious. Man oh man I wish there was y'all would make a video for this recipe🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻Jessica InouyeSan francisco08/12/19I don't know many people who would go through the trouble of making home made refried beans, but I did using this recipe. They are so delicious! I used Rancho Gordo beans and Belcampo Meat Co lard for top notch refried beans. I thought the recipe had made too much for my family of four but the whole pot was gone in a week. I will make these again!AnonymousLos Angeles04/17/18

Watch the video: How to Make Quick and Easy Refried Beans. Side Dish Recipes. (June 2022).


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