Refried Pinto Beans (Frijoles Refritos)

Yield: 4 cups
Temperature: Medium, Low
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes


  • ½ cup shortening
  • 4 cups cooked, pinto beans
  • ½ – 1 cup bean liquid
  • 2 cups grated, sharp, cheddar, cheese (optional)


  1. Heat shortening in a medium- size skillet at medium heat, add pinto beans and bean liquid to the shortening, mash beans and cook for 10-15 minutes at low heat.
  2. Optional. Add 1 ½ cups cheese to the beans and stir for 2-3 minutes at low heat, garnish with remaining cheese before serving.