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Frijoles Refritos

Servings 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins


  • 2 cups cooked pinto beans with some bean juice or 1 tin of unsalted pinto or black beans
  • 2 tbsp slightly salted butter
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ white onion finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and finely chopped

To garnish

  • ½ cup queso fresco or feta crumbled
  • 6 fresly made corn tortillas or tortilla chips


  • Heat the butter and the oil in a saucepan to medium heat. Add the onion and the garlic and gently fry them for 5 minutes.
  • Add the beans making sure to add some of the bean juice. Season them with salt and bring them to a boil.
  • Once they are boiling, mash them with the potato masher or blend them with a hand blender. Remember to leave some texture.
  • Serve them with crumbled queso fresco or feta, sour cream (optional). Perfect dish to have with any other wonderful Mexican dish.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: mexican food, beans, refried beans