Frijoles Refritos Recipe: A Mexican Classic

Discover the traditional flavor of Frijoles Refritos with this authentic recipe. Impress your family and friends with this delicious Mexican dish.

Frijoles Refritos is a popular Mexican dish that is loved by many. This delicious dish is made with beans that are cooked until tender and then mashed and fried until crispy. It is perfect as a side dish or as a filling for tacos and burritos. In this step-by-step guide, we will show you how to make this traditional dish in the comfort of your own home.

Refried beans on a gray background. Traditional mexican food


  • 1 pound dried pinto beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Rinse the dried pinto beans and place them in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the beans are tender.
  2. Drain the beans and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the onions and garlic to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
  5. Add the cooked beans to the skillet, along with the salt, black pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  6. Mash the beans with a potato masher or a fork until they are partially mashed and slightly chunky.
  7. Cook the mashed beans in the skillet for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through and starting to crisp.
Refried beans in a white bowl, mexican dish

Tips and Tricks

  • If the beans are too thick, you can add a little water to the skillet to thin them out.
  • For a smoother texture, you can puree the beans in a blender or food processor before cooking.
  • If you prefer your Frijoles Refritos to be spicier, you can add more chili powder or red pepper flakes to the recipe.


  • You can also add additional ingredients to the recipe, such as diced jalapeños, chopped cilantro, or crumbled cheese.


Frijoles Refritos is a classic Mexican dish that is both delicious and easy to make. By following this step-by-step recipe, you can create a traditional and authentic dish that is perfect as a side dish or as a filling for tacos and burritos. With the addition of spices and seasonings, this dish is sure to impress your family and friends. Serve hot and enjoy!

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