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Authentic Refried Beans With Bacon

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  Dried pinto beans/Dried black beans 1 Pound, sorted of debris (2 1/2 Cups)
  Onion 1 Medium, diced
  Hot bacon drippings/Melted butter / margarine / lard 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Salt To Taste

Rinse beans and place in a large bowl.
Cover with cold water and soak at room temperature for at least 12 hours.
Place beans and onion in a 3-quart pan and add enough water to cover by 1 inch; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until beans are very tender and mash easily (about 21/2 hours); add water as needed.
Drain, reserving 1 cup of the liquid.
With a potato masher or in a blender or food processor, mash (or whirl) beans until coarsely pureed (add some cooking liquid, if necessary).
Stir in bacon drippings.
Return mixture to pan.
Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until fat is absorbed and beans are very hot (about 10 minutes).
Season to taste with salt.

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