tasty refried beans in black cast iron, with pico de gallo, tortillas, and tomatoes in background

New Mexican Refried beans

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New Mexican Refried Beans

Delicious authentic refried bean recipe in the crock pot, instant pot, or stove top! Easy, with only 5 ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dried pinto beans (The lighter in color the better, fresher beans- such as from a bulk source are best) sorted of any broken or shrunken beans or stones, rinsed, and soaked in water overnight. (Discard any floating beans)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening or 2 pieces raw bacon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tbsp. all purpose flour optional
  • Enough water to cover the beans by 1 inch

Instructions

Method:

  1. Instant pot: Pressure cook beans on manual setting thirty minutes. Allow to natural release. Remove pieces of bacon, use saute function and mash beans with potato masher or immersion blender. Add flour, continue to mash until desired consistency is reached.

  2. Slow cooker: Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10 hours. Please check bean texture ensuring beans are fully cooked! Skins will begin to separate from beans with fully cooked. Remove beans with slotted spoon and transfer to a pan on medium heat. Gradually add existing broth from slow cooker and flour, mashing until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Stove top: Cook beans on medium heat until they are fully cooked. This can take anywhere from 2-3 hours it really depends on many factors. Check beans and add water as needed until fully cooked (skins will begin to separate from beans when done.) Remove beans with slotted spoon and transfer to a pan on medium heat. Gradually add existing broth from slow cooker and flour, mashing until desired consistency is reached.

Variations:

  1. You may also add onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and garlic to your broth while cooking the beans.
  2. Instead of bacon, you can also substitute a ham bone to bring flavor to your broth.
  3. I have also used black beans and they are excellent!

Recipe Notes

I have also used black beans and they are excellent!

tasty refried beans in black cast iron, with pico de gallo, tortillas, and tomatoes in background

The first time I had real Refried beans, I had an existential crisis.

What had I been eating from the can all these years? Was it dog food in disguise? I simply could not believe the difference in taste real Refried beans had. This is from someone who omitted rice and ordered double beans at Mexican restaurants.This is another recipe from my New Mexican oracle- the Mother in Law.

tasty refried beans in black cast iron, with pico de gallo, tortillas, and tomatoes in background

An important lesson I learned about refried beans, they’re only as good as their broth.

  And oh, these are good. On a fresh tortilla with cheddar style shreds or with some fried potatoes…or with eggs and Chorizo…I really love Refried beans. Did I mention they only take 30 minutes in the instant pot? Can you believe it? Hours of checking and stirring condensed into a flavorful thirty minutes.

tasty refried beans in black cast iron, with pico de gallo, tortillas, and tomatoes in background

Make sure to sort and rinse your beans well.

I’m embarassed to admit early on in our marriage, I’d sort the beans and then whack them directly on the pot, dirt and all! You won’t be surprised to learn my original beans tasted…gritty. We all have those kitchen fails! Just sort them and rinse them in a colander a couple times. Easy peasy. What’s your favorite bean recipe?

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