Refried Beans

These are beans, simple and tasty. This recipe was shared to us by a friend, by way of Denmark and Mexico and was part of our Mexican Fiesta Cooking Collective. They’ve got lots of flavour (mmm.. Bacon fat!) and a hint of heat. If you like your beans spicier, try adding chopped jalapeños at the end or just squirt on some of your favourite hot sauce.


Simple and Tasty Refried Beans

Enhanced with bacon flavour, these beans are simple and tasty. 

Author Megan


  • .5 kilo dried pinto beans
  • 6-8 pieces bacon
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Mexican chile powder
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1-2 tsp salt


  1. Soak the dried pinto beans in lots of water overnight. They will soak up a fair amount so fill the bowl as much as you can with water. 

  2. Cook in fresh water until they start to get crack and feel soft. Add the salt near the end of the cooking time. Drain and set aside.

  3. Fry 6-8 pieces of fatty bacon in a deep fry pan or pot. Remove the bacon but keep the bacon fat. Save the bacon for sandwiches or another meal. Or just eat it right then. 

  4. Using the pan with the bacon fat, add the cooked beans, the chopped garlic, ground cumin, Mexican chile powder, red pepper flakes and ground pepper. Stir and cook for a few minutes.  

  5. Add the chicken stock, cover and bring to a boil. Simmer until the beans are quite mushy.  

  6. Mash up the bean mixture with potato masher and then let simmer until the liquid reduces to the consistency you’d like.

  7. If desired, garnish with beautiful colour and flavour like chopped tomatoes or sprigs of cilantro. Mix in with rice, dip with taco chips or fill a burrito. Ole!

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