Refried beans are cooked and mashed beans that are a staple in Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine that can be served as a side dish, condiment, dip or as an ingredient in other recipes. The name is a bit of a misnomer since the 're' means 'well' so they are actually 'well fried beans' rather than 'twice fried beans'. At their base refried beans are simply beans, often pinto beans, that are cooked, fried and mashed but you can add extras like onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, etc. to taste. The beans are traditionally fried in lard which adds flavour but you could also substitute bacon grease or butter for a different flavour or even oil if you want something a little healthier or without too much flavour. I like to make refried beans in one of two ways, the quick and easy pantry friendly way with canned beans and the slow cooker way with dried beans and both methods are super easy and taste way better than canned!