Refritos Frijoles

Refritos Frijoles

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 500g (1lb) dried pinto beans
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5ml (1 tsp) chilli powder
  • 5ml (1 tsp) cumin
  • 60ml (4 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Soak the bean overnight.
  2. Bring to a boil and let the beans simmer gently until soft, then drain.
  3. In a large saucepan, fry the onions and garlic in the oil until softened.
  4. Add the beans to the onions and smash the mixture with a potato masher to your desired texture. Use water if the mixture is too dry. Add a little at a time until you’re done.


  • If you’re vegetarian you can use butter and as a meat eater you can use lard or bacon fat for added flavour.

  • In the photos I topped baby tortillas with the refried beans then used an array of different ingredients such as sliced avocado, cheese and chilli, and a fried egg. Have fun!


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 392
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 12 mg
  • Fat: 10.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.7 g
  • Fiber: 14 g
  • Protein: 18.5 g