“This recipe is definitely NOT heart healthy, but it tastes sooooo good! We only fix this when we want some "special" refritos. Usually we just doctor up a can of low-fat refried beans with enough bacon fat and spices to make them edible. Prep time does not include soaking time.”
1hr 15mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak beans overnight in 2 quarts water and 2 Tsp salt, drain well, and discard water.
  2. Place in pot with 2 quarts fresh water and 2 Tsp salt, and simmer, covered, until soft, stirring occasionally, and adding more water if beans start to get dry.
  3. This will probably take a while, because the salt slows down cooking.
  4. Drain beans, and discard all but 1/2 cup of the liquid.
  5. In a large skillet, fry and mash 1/4 of beans at a time with 1/4 of the bacon fat.
  6. They should be lumpy-smooth, not real smooth.
  7. Return mashed beans to the pot as they are finished.
  8. Add remaining ingredients, and heat and stir until fairly smooth.
  9. Thin with a little of the cooking liquid if necessary, but not too much.
  10. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  11. Top with cheese, if desired.

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