Refried Beans (Frijoles Refritos)

refried beans

Refried Beans (Frijoles Refritos)

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Servings: 6
Calories: 210


  • 8 tbsp lard or corn oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 quantity Frijoles cooked beans

to garnish

  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled cottage cheese
  • crisp fried corn tortillas cut into quarters


  • Heat 30 ml (2 tbsp) of the lard in a large heavy-based frying pan and saute the onion until it is soft. Add about 225 ml (8 fl oz) 1 cup of the Frijoles (cooked beans).
  • Mash the beans with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher, adding more beans and melted lard or oil until all the ingredients are used up and the beans have formed a heavy paste. Use extra lard or oil if necessary.
  • Tip out on to a warmed platter, piling the mixture up in a roll. Garnish with the cheese. Spike with the tortilla triangles, placing them at intervals along the length of the roll. Serve as a side dish.
  • Lard is the traditional (and best tasting) fat for the beans but many people prefer to use corn oil. Avoid using olive oil, which is too strongly flavoured and distinctive.
Calories: 210 kcal
Carbohydrates: 8 g
Protein: 3 g
Fat: 19g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Trans Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 1 mg
Potassium: 146 mg
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 1 g
Vitamin A: 1 IU
Vitamin C: 2 mg
Calcium: 12 mg
Iron: 1 mg
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