These Refried Beans get their amazing flavor from a smoked ham hock, several aromatic veggies and a bit of bacon drippings. I lick the spoon every time! (This recipe makes about 7 cups of refried beans. I make a big batch and freeze some to keep handy for later.)
Note: Cilantro is usually sold in bunches. I use the leaves to serve fresh and usually throw away the stems. However, the stems give some amazing flavor to these beans. Don’t bother to use the leaves, just toss in the stems. They will get mashed up when you mash the beans.