Take Mexican flavors over-the-top with homemade refried beans made on the stove top, Crock Pot, or Instant Pot! The perfect easy, healthy dip or side dish!
Place beans in a pot or large jar and cover with 6 cups water. The beans will absorb water and expand over time, so there needs to be enough water that they stay covered.
Soak beans for a minimum of 8 hours, or up to 24.
When ready to cook, drain and rinse.
Add beans, 8 cups water (or broth), and all other ingredients except lard to a large stock pot.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer around 3 hours or until beans are soft and fully cooked.
Drain beans, reserving bean liquid (aquafaba) for later.
To re-fry, heat lard in a large skillet.
Add cooked beans and fry for several minutes to infuse flavor into beans.
Refried beans in the Crock Pot:
Refried beans in the Instant Pot: