Refried Beans

Comfort food, southern style. Try with chili sauce, cheese and rich yoghurt for a real treat. See A Fresher Salsa and A Fresher Guacamole for other great accompaniments.

1 lb. (about 2 cups) red kidney beans
1 lb. (about 2 cups) navy beans
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup lard
1 large yellow onion, diced. Do not use sweet onions!
5 cloves garlic, crushed (see this video for easy peeling)
2 Tbs homemade chili powder
2 tsp salt
2 Tbs dried oregano
1 Tbs ground cumin

1. Carefully sort through the dry beans to check for debris.
2. Soak beans in water for 24 hrs, changing the water about half way through. The beans will expand by a factor of about 3, so use a large bowl well filled to keep the beans submerged.
3. Rinse beans well.
4. Put beans and bay leaf in large pot and cover with water by 1-2 inches.
6. Bring to a boil then down to a strong simmer. Cook for 1 – 2 hours until the beans are tender, adding water as necessary to keep beans just covered.
7. Mash beans. A potato masher works well.
8. In a second large pot melt lard and add onions, cooking on medium heat just until they begin to brown, about 15 minutes.
9. Add garlic and spices to onion and cook a few minutes more to allow spices to come alive.
10. Add mashed beans to onion mixture and stir will.
11. Continue cooking beans if necessary to reduce to a thick paste. If the beans are too thick add water a little at a time. Be careful though, nobody likes runny beans.

Yield 12 cups. Freezes well.

Perhaps you’d like some tacos to go with that?

4 Responses to “Refried Beans”

  1. 1 Angie January 19, 2011 at 12:27 am

    This sounds great, can’t wait to try!

  2. 2 Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    You are a lifesaver. I’ve been able to stick to the SCD for 13 months now, in large part, because of you. So firstly, thank you! xxoo

    I see, however, this recipe uses kidney beans, which I thought were illegal (because I love them so much of course..ha), and that we were relegated to lentils, black beans, and navy beans?

    But in any event – thank you for the Hughson Nut shout-out, and recipes like your ketchup, which beats even store brand. You reminded me that the things on the shelf were once made in a humble kitchen, and that I am not at the mercy of the corporate producer. Sounds obvious, but it wasn’t.

    Oh! And thank God for your jerky recipe! All my friends like this as well.

    You are an awesome person. Thankyou.

    • 3 Paul Stocker December 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm


      Thank you so much for the kind words. Know that I appreciate it.

      Regarding kidney beans, they are legal. The trick here is that they are not mentioned in the BTVC book, but are on the official BTVC site

      You can find it both here in the legal/illegal “K” listings and again here.

      You’ll notice that she advised not trying them until you are symptom free and even then, go carefully.


  3. 4 Anonymous December 17, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Thank you!! Oh how I’ve missed real chili beans. You have no idea.

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