Refried Beans


  • 4 cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large red onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • lard of canola for frying (in Mexico authentic refried beans are made using lard)
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbs epazote (available in Latin markets)
  • Green onion tops sliced for garnish
Very traditional in Mexico, re fried beans are a staple of the Mexican table.


  • Heat the lard or oil using medium heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and saute until almost soft.
  • Add the epazote half way through cooking.
  • Begin adding the beans about a half cup at a time and mash them as you go.
  • Continue frying until all the beans have been added and completely mashed.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.

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