Festival Refried Beans

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 50 mins
  • Servings: 6
  • About This Recipe

    “These can be reheated (fried) if you wish, but is not necessary. Good as a side, with any Mexican dish, topped with more cheddar and chopped hot pepper. ( have even used as a dip, with taco chips)”


  • 1/2 cupdried pinto beans or 1/2 cupdried pink kidney beans or 1/2 cupdried red kidney beans, sorted and rinsed
  • 4cupswater
  • 1largeyellow onion, chopped
  • 3clovesgarlic, minced
  • 1cupsalsa
  • 1/4 teaspoonsalt
  • Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the beans, water, onion and garlic.
  • Bring to boil Lower the heat and simmer, covered for 2-2 1/2 hoursor until beans are very tender.
  • Cool slightly (do not drain) In a food processor or blender, process bean mixture, half at a time, until smooth.
  • Return bean mixture to the saucepan, Stir in salsa and salt.
  • Cook uncovered, over moderate heat for 5 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring constantly.
  • Serve with sour cream and shredded chedddar cheese.
  • (use reduced fat sour cream and light shredded cheddar if you wish to cut back calories).
  • Reviews

  • “Great flavor. I took a shortcut and used a 14 oz can for dark red kidney beans, drained almost all the juice off but did not rinse them. I mashed the beans instead of processing them . Very easy recipe – the salsa gives them a nice flavor boost – I used hot. Thanks Derf for another keeper1 July 2010 Made again and enjoyed just as much.”

  • “Got rave reviews from my guests on this; they thought the taste was much better and less greasy than the canned stuff.I used canned pinto beans and they worked just fine.”

  • “This wasn’t my favorite recipe…however I made these as a side and I think I would have liked it better as an appetizer.I love the idea of adding salsa, but perhaps 1 cup was just too much for me.Is there a certain brand of salsa you recommend? Thanks for the recipe.”

  • “These were very tasty beans! I mashed them a bit with a potato masher qnd went the low fat sour cream and cheese way. They are not restaurant style refried beans at all but when you are watching fat and calories these were fantastic! I forgot to say I only had a small amout of salsa left so I used that and then about 5 tbl. each petite chopped tomatoes and chopped green chilies,and about a tbl. of red pepper flakes, I also threw in two red chilies when simmering.”