How to Make Chef John’s Refried Beans Recipe

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Shuvait Thusoo
Shuvait has lived in Pune alone for 4 years while studying engineering. This was the time period when he explored the South Indian Cuisines and experienced different spices and realised the beauty of food. So he started cooking and fell in love with the craft of it. We can say that Shuvait is a foodie who loves to share his food life experiences and resources with our readers.

Most of the people used to eat Refried Beans with tortilla because it will elevate the taste of Refried Beans but have you ever thought to make those Refried Beans at home? If yes, then you are at the right place because today I will tell you the authetic Chef John’s Refried Beans Recipe which you will definitely love.

Many people have a misconeception that these beans are called refried beans because they are made from the double frying method but they are wrong. The major reason for their name is The name refried beans came from a Spanish dish name refritos which means well fried.

And the reason why this recipe is so famous because of John Armand Mitzewich, also known as Chef John. He is a very famous chef, born in the United States. And the reason why his name is associated with this dish is that due to his added flavours, these Beans got a new twist in its taste.

Now the main question that arises is that is refried beans healthy? And the answer is yes. In refried beans, they have low fats, cholesterol and they are a good source of Protein, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, dietary fiber, and Manganese which is good for our health.

So today I will be sharing this Refried Beans recipe with you all. But first, we have to gather all the ingredients required to make Chef John Refried Beans Recipe at Home.

Ingredients For Chef John Refried Beans

For Beans

Soaked Pinto Beans1 Pound
Garlic Cloves4
Dried Epazote1/2 tsp
Cold Water9

For Refried Beans

Lard1/2 Cup
Diced Onions1 ½ Cups
Kosher Salt2 tsp
Minced Serrano Chili Pepper2 tbsp
Ground Dried Chipotle Pepper1 tsp

Most of the ingredients must be already in your kitchen and if they are not in your kitchen, buy them from your nearby supermarket. And to make Refried Beans, you have to invest a lot of time, which I have mentioned in the table below.

How Much Time It Will Take?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
10 Mins2 Hours2 Hours 10 Mins

Now is the time for the best part of any recipe. I know you all are waiting eagerly for the direction to make Chef John Refried Bean. So, Let’s start cooking.

Chef John Refried Beans Recipe

Chef John's Refried Beans recipe
  1. In a stockpot, transfer the soaked beans with garlic, epazote, and cold water.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium heat for 2 hours.
  3. In a large skillet, add lard to melt over medium heat with onions and salt, heat until they will turn brown for 15 minutes.
  4. After 15 minutes, add serrano pepper and chipotle powder, cook the mixture for another 1 minute.
  5. In the skillet transfer, beans and mash them with a potato masher.
  6. Combine the mixture accordingly. Mash the mixture vigorously until they will reach to preferred consistency. Add salt and mix.
  7. Serve Immediately.

Now you’ve successfully got the Chef John’s authentic Refried Beans recipe.

Nutritional Facts Of Chef John Refried Beans

This recipe is very healthy and nutritious. So here is the complete breakdown of nutrients of this Refried beans by Chef John.


How To Make Chef John Refried Beans at Home | Video

If you think you need some kind of help while making this recipe, then here is a video for you that you can refer to. The video will guide you and help you to make it better.

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I hope you’ve liked this Chef John’s Refried Beans recipe and will definitely give it a try at home. You can send your queries and tell us your experiences by commenting down in the comments section below. Till then stay safe and tune in for more such recipes.

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