Refried Beans with Spinach

If making up to 2 days ahead, cover and chill bean mixture and bacon separately. Reheat in a microwave oven or stir often over medium heat.

Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 224
  • Calories from fat: 68%
  • Protein: 8.1g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 7.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.6g
  • Fiber: 2.9g
  • Sodium: 419mg
  • Cholesterol: 27mg


  • 1/2 pound bacon, coarsely chopped
  • Mexican rancho pinto beans
  • 2 quarts (6 oz.) spinach leaves or mustard greens, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (1/4 lb.) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chicken broth or water (optional)


  1. 1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium-high heat, stir bacon until crisp, about 10 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and drain on towels.
  2. 2. Add beans to drippings in pan; mash with a potato masher or beat with a mixer until creamy. Stir often over medium heat until hot, about 6 minutes.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, coarsely chop spinach. When beans are hot, add spinach; cover and stir occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in half the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. If beans are not as creamy as you like, stir in a little broth. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon.
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