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If you love good authentic Mexican food, you’re going to love these beans! I’ve been trying to make good beans forever it seems. But for some reason, it never occurred to me to search YouTube. Luckily YouTube knows my taste and recommended a video to me. I am ever so grateful to Stephanie from Views on The Road for teaching me how to make the BEST refried beans I have ever had!! Some things in this authentic re-fried beans recipe have been changed up for simplicity and convenience. However, authenticity nor flavor is lacking that’s for sure.

authentic re-fried beans

What Makes These Beans “Authentic”?

Authenticity I suppose is to be taken with a grain of salt. However, Stephanie is the real deal and I trust that her recipes are “authentic”. So there’s that, but also authentic refried beans have a certain texture and flavor.

The texture will be creamy and the flavor…

well, it’s difficult to describe. But you’ll know when you have them.

You know you're eating authentic refried beans when you notice that they actually TASTE good. Click To Tweet

When you have a plate of delicious enchiladas, rice, and beans and you actually notice the beans. You notice that they taste amazing. So much so that you feel compelled to SAY something.


How to Make The Best Authentic Re-fried Beans Recipe!

Authentic refried beans are so stinking easy. You’re going to be asking yourself how the heck you didn’t figure this out sooner!

There are two secrets to getting that authentic flavor and texture.

  1. Fresh beans – I’m telling you there is no comparison! Here’s how I like to SLOW COOK PINTO BEANS IN THE INSTANT POT! Hands down the absolute BEST way to cook them. 🙂
  2. Lard – If you have some sort of strange aversion to lard, this recipe is not for you. You could use vegetable oil or Crisco…but…just don’t. It won’t be the same.

How to Cook Pinto Beans With The Instant Pot Slow Cook Function!

how to slow cook beans in instant pot

Authentic Refried Beans

Creamy, flavorful, authentic refried beans. If you're looking for a restaurant-style refried bean recipe, this is it.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Dry bean cooking time 4 hours
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8


  • 3-4 cups cooked pinto beans with liquid **You need the bean broth to make a nice creamy refried bean. ♥
  • 2 tbsp lard **If you don't use lard I cannot guarantee that your beans will taste good. I'm telling you, its a thing and if you use vegetable oil or Crisco it just won't be right. Trust me on this!**
  • 1 tsp tajin chili lime seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp adobe seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Cook your dry beans in a slow cooker. You can use canned beans also but DON'T DRAIN THEM. You need the liquid so you don't get tough beans.
  • Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tbsp lard to melt.
  • Slowly add your beans by the ladle full to the hot lard. It will splatter so be careful. 🙂
  • Add salt, tajin, adobo, and onion powder.
  • Get your potato masher, a little elbow grease, and start mashing and stirring the beans.
  • Once you've got your desired texture, your refried beans are done!
  • Enjoy!
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Enjoy these beans

with some easy Instant Pot Spanish Rice!

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Leigh Ann Schooley is the owner and founder of Making My Abode, a blog dedicated to helping homemakers live well and simply on one income. She is a believer, wife, and mother of three with more than sixteen years of homemaking experience. Leigh Ann is the recipient of the Wife of The Year award eighteen years running. She has also won the Mother of The Year award every year for the past sixteen years. She is a Colorado native raised by her dad who taught her almost everything she knows. Leigh Ann lives with her husband and family in Colorado.

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