The Best Refried Beans Ever

The Best Refried Beans Ever


  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or less, if you prefer mild spice
  • 1 can or 1.5 cups cooked pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock/broth or veggie stock, or water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a heavy skillet (I used a cast iron one), fry the bacon until crispy on medium high heat. Remove the bacon and set aside. Chop into small pieces when cooled.
  • Meanwhile, add to the bacon grease the onion; saute until soft and slightly browned.
  • Add the chili powder and cayenne pepper; stir to coat the onions.
  • Add the beans and chicken stock. Use a potato masher to mash the beans to desired texture, then stir to incorporate with the liquid.
  • Continue heating until heated through. If there is too much liquid, continue heating until some of the liquid has evaporated, until you reach the desired consistency, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in cilantro, chopped bacon, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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