Oh, why have I never made these before?! These were incredibly good, incredibly easy, and other than a bit of planning ahead and letting the beans cook (mostly unattended time), pretty darn fast as well!
For every cup of cooked pinto beans you want to turn into refried beans, heat up a tablespoon of bacon grease. Drain the beans and add them to the pan, mashing with a potato masher. Keep stirring and mashing until they’re the consistency you want, more dry than wet. Stir in some Tabasco or other hot sauce if you’d like.1