Refried Beans

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
Mashed black beans cooked in a decent amount of lard or oil along with aromatics and spices get transformed into a satisfying Mexican staple with big flavor! Top with crumbled cotija for an irresistibly cheesy finish.


  1. Heat 1/4 cup lard or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 
  2. Add 1/2 diced onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Add two 15-ounce cans black beans (drained), 1 cup chicken broth and 1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano. Cook, lightly mashing the beans, until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. 
  4. Add 1 more cup chicken broth and cook until slightly saucy, about 7 minutes. (Stir in a splash of water if the beans are too thick.) 
  5. Season with salt and pepper and top with crumbled Cotija cheese.