Homemade Mexican Refried Beans Recipe (with Chorizo)
Inside: Learn how to make authentic homemade refried beans with chorizo which goes well with all of your favorite Mexican dishes.
Beans, especially black beans, are an extremely important part of Mexican cuisine. They are just as important as tortillas, corn, and peppers and can be found as a side dish for almost any Mexican food you can think of. They are made with very simple ingredients and are so easy to make. I know it can be tempting to use canned refried beans, but trust me, homemade beans are so much better and you can make them using this easy recipe.
This particular recipe has so much flavor, because it adds a little bit of chorizo, but you can use the basic recipe included without chorizo as well. They go perfectly with tortilla chips and are a delicious side dish that blows the canned stuff out of the water.
What are Refried Beans?
Refried beans (known as frijoles refritos in Spanish) consists of black beans or pinto beans that are cooked and then fried with pork lard, olive oil, or vegetable oil, and then smashed until you get the perfect consistency. You can find a wide variety of refried beans and they almost certainly offer them as an option at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Next time, can make them at home using this easy to follow recipe.
My favorite way to make them is with a little bit of chorizo and onions, which gives it a lot of extra flavor that will have you coming back for more.
This delicious refried beans recipe is a perfect side dish for your next Mexican food night. They go great with mexican rice, tortillas, tostadas, huevos rancheros, and more!
How do you make Mexican Refried Beans?
To make this recipe, you will start with the following ingredients:
1 cup of black or pinto beans (previously cooked, with a little bit of its own bean broth). While I don't recommend canned refried beans, you can use the canned version of whole beans as part of this recipe.
1/4 onion cut into slices
1 large clove of garlic, cut in half.
2 tablespoons of pork lard or oil
100 grams of chorizo (optional)
Salt to taste
The cooking process if very simple. First, you will heat up the oil or lard in a large frying pan over medium heat. You can also use a large cast iron skillet for even more flavor. If you are going to make the version with chorizo, fry it until well cooked and then set aside.
Next, in the same frying pan, saute the onion together with the garlic until the onion is translucen and you can start to smell the garlic. Then remove them from the frying pan and set aside.
Finally, you will add the beans to the pan and after about a minute, you will want to mash them. For this step you can use a potato masher or something similar. Now you will want to add the chorizo, onions and garlic back to the pan with the beans and add salt to taste.
Once everything is combined, let the beans cook for about 10 minutes, moving them constantly with a wooden spoon so that they don't burn. Once they have your desired consistency (the best refried beans are creamy refried beans) you will remove them from the heat and serve as a dish with tortilla chips, queso fresco, or tortillas.
These flavorful refried beans can be used for a variety of Mexican dishes also like enfrijoladas, tostadas, and more.
Let me know in the comments below how this easy refried beans recipe turned out for you!
Homemade Refried Beans
1 cup black beans previously cooked
1/4 onion sliced
1 clove of garlic cut in half
2 tbsp pork lard
100 grams chorizo optional
salt to taste