Refried Beans - A Family Feast

I have to admit, I was never much of a fan of Refried Beans…until I tried this recipe!

This recipe for refried beans, developed by my husband Jack, is so flavorful thanks to a little bit of pancetta (I know – not a traditional Mexican ingredient – but it adds fantastic flavor!) that is sautéed with onions and garlic.  Then a blend of chili powder, cumin, oregano and a little bit of Rocket Fuel (Jack’s recipe for homemade hot sauce) adds great spiciness and the perfect amount of heat to the beans.  Finally, some fresh Roma tomato and cilantro add great freshness and brighten up the creamy beans.

These refried beans are so good – even if you weren’t a fan of refried beans before – you’ll love these!


Refried Beans

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ pound pancetta, diced into small pieces
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ cup beef stock
  • 2 cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Rocket Fuel, or your favorite hot sauce


  1. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook pancetta in canola oil. Cook pancetta until crisp.
  2. Add onion and sauté 3-5 minutes until onions become tender.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  4. Add in all other ingredients and cook five minutes.
  5. Puree half the mixture with an emulsion blender and cook 2 more minutes.

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  • Ilana Collison wrote:

    Honestly, I don’t remember how I stumbled across your website, but boy am I glad I did!

    I first made the Spaghetti Sauce, which both my husband and I loved. I have since made the Refried Beans and the Mexican Rice – wow! We had it with my tried and tested Mexican pulled chicken recipe, but now that I now how great your recipes are, I’m going to have to make your Mexican chicken…. we may have another new favourite!

    Your recipes are well instructed and taste fabulous! I have countless cookery books that I just use one or two recipes from, from each. Never tempted to try all the others in there. Your website however, has me wanting to make just about everything!

    Thank you for sharing, happy tummies in this household 🙂

    Keep up the great work!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Ilana – Thank you so much for writing to us – and your comments have made our day! We’re so glad you’re enjoying our recipes! I hope you enjoy the Mexican pulled chicken – and if yours is better – please feel free to share it with us. (We love learning about other great recipes as much as we enjoy sharing them!) Thank you again – your comments were so very nice to hear! Martha

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