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Refried Beans

This month we’ve taken on a challenge – one that involves blogging through the alphabet. Our theme for the challenge is food. Refried beans are super simple to make and can be tailored to your taste.

Refried Beans

Refried beans are the perfect side dish to any of our Mexican recipes. And they are super simple to make from scratch. The hardest part is getting the beans cooked because they take so long on the stove. Once you make these from scratch, you’ll never buy the canned ones again!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 236 kcal


  • 1 lb pinto beans raw
  • 8 cup water more if you don’t have a pressure cooker
  • 4 tsp oil if your pressure cooker calls for it
  • 1 tbsp lard
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 cup milk more or less depending on how thin/thick you like your beans


  • Cook beans in pressure cooker as directed. For ours, we put beans, water and oil in the pot and set the timer for 30 minutes on high with natural pressure release.
  • Drain beans.
  • In a large pan, melt the lard over medium heat.
  • Place beans in skillet.
  • Mash with potato masher.
  • Stir in salt and chili powder.
  • Add a spoonful of salsa and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Stir to combine.
  • Use the liquid from the salsa to thin out the beans to your liking.


Optional stir-ins: Shredded cheese and salsa. Cheese if you want to thicken the beans. Salsa for thinning. 
If you aren’t going to eat all of the beans, thin the beans out even more and store in the freezer until you need more. They thicken when you defrost and reheat them.
Keyword freezer friendly, pressure cooker

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By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

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