Refried Beans Recipe |Mexican Recipes | PBS Food

Use any type of bean to make this flavorful, yet simple Mexican dish.
(Recipe Courtesy: Marc Matsumoto from the Fresh Tastes Blog)



  • 14 ounce (400 gram) can beans
  • 2 tablespoons lard
  • 1/2 small onion, finely minced
  • Cotija cheese for garnish


  1. Put a colander over a bowl, and drain the beans, saving the liquid for later.
  2. Put the lard in a skillet over medium heat, and fry the onions until tender and just starting to brown around the edges.
  3. Add the drained beans and fry while mashing with a fork or potato masher. Keep mashing and frying until the beans form a thick paste and start to brown.
  4. Add in the liquid from the beans until the refried beans are the consistency you want them to be (i.e. more liquid = more runny). If you want a smoother texture, you can use an immersion blender to puree the beans.
  5. Serve with a sprinkling of crumbled Cotija cheese and hot sauce.
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