Fiesta Refried Beans

Fiesta Refried Beans

Frijoles de Fiesta
8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, Chipotle, Chorizo, fiesta, Mexico, pati’s mexican table, refried beans, Sonora, Sonoran
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Fiesta Refried Beans recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 9, Episode 5 "Flour Power"


  • 3 to 4 dried chiles colorados, a.k.a. New Mexico chiles, California chiles, dried anaheim chiles, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 recipe Frijoles de Olla, made with pintos
  • 3 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Chihuahua, asadero or Monterey Jack cheese, or melty cheese of your choice
  • 1/2 pound Mexican chorizo or longaniza, peeled, coarsely chopped (optional)

To Prepare

  • Place the dried chiles colorados in a small saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until softened and plumped, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • In batches, puree the cooked beans and 2 cups of their cooking liquid, the rehydrated chiles and the chipotle chiles in adobo.
  • Heat the lard or oil in a large casserole or sauté pan set over medium heat. Once hot, add the bean puree, cook for about 15 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan as it thickens. Stir in the cheese and continue to cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the beans have thickened into a soft puree and the cheese is completely incorporated and melted.
  • If adding chorizo, in a small pan set over medium-high heat, cook the chorizo or longaniza until brown and crisp, about 5 to 6 minutes. Top the beans with the chorizo or mix it in.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

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  1. Patti, usually when I make Chile Colorado of any sort, I also strain it. Getting rid of the tiny pieces Chile skin. This recipe doesn’t call for it. Should I do it on this recipe also. If not why?
    I love your show, and all your recipes.

    1. Hola, in this recipe the chiles are pureed together with the beans, so straining is not a good idea. If you like to puree the chiles before, strain them and then mix with the beans is fine, but since these are refried beans and are supposed to be lumpy, it is really not a big deal if you have little pieces of chile in the mix 😉

  2. The best Refried Beans we have ever eaten. Easy to follow directions and lots of delicious flavor. My husband usually passes on the beans, but not any more. Perfect compliment to your Carnitas recipe. Made a complete and wonderful meal.

  3. Amazing recipe. So tasty – smokey, rich, and, creamy. Excellently side dish. I love making your recipes because they are as good as the best restaurant recipes, but, when I make it I know what ingredients were used, and I trust they are healthy and good for you.

    1. Thanks so much Cherie, so glad you found me 🙂 I am also on FB, IG, Twitter, Pinterest and some selected episodes of the Show and some recipes on Youtube!