Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole

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Step into the heart of Tex-Mex flavor with the Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole, a creation by the beloved Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. This delightful casserole is a testament to the warmth and zest of Texan cuisine, featuring the perfect blend of cheesy goodness and a subtle hint of tequila.

In the comforting realm of home cooking, Ree Drummond’s recipe welcomes you to a Tex-Mex feast that’s both approachable and irresistibly flavorful. The beauty of this Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole lies not only in its delicious end result but also in the journey of creating it—a journey that resonates with the spirit of homey kitchens and the joy of sharing a hearty meal with loved ones.

As you embark on this culinary adventure, you’ll discover the magic of combining simple, pantry-friendly ingredients into a dish that transforms your dining table into a Texan celebration. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, invites you to infuse a touch of Tex-Mex flair into your home, making the kitchen a place of laughter, warmth, and, of course, fantastic flavors.

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just finding your way around the stove, this Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole is a testament to the power of home-cooked meals, where every bite carries the essence of love and the heartiness of Texan tradition. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the laid-back charm of Ree’s recipe, and treat your family to a Tex-Mex feast that feels like a warm hug from the Lone Star State.

This bean casserole goes great with Crock Pot Beef Carnitas Tacos, Slow-Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos or Marinated Hot Pork: Carne Adovada Tacos


Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole

Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole

Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond makes this Cheesy Refried Bean Casserole with a hint of tequila for her Tex-Mex feast.

  • Author: Ree Drummond
  • Prep Time: :15
  • Cook Time: :40
  • Total Time: :55
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Side Dish


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  • Butter, for greasing and frying
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Three 16-ounce cans refried beans
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar
  • 2 cups grated pepper Jack cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread a little butter on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat some butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onions and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Off heat, add the tequila, then return to the heat and cook until evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the chili powder, garlic, jalapenos and some salt and pepper and cook for a minute or 2. Add the beans to the skillet and stir to combine everything. Cook until warmed through, about 4 minutes.
  3. Spread half of the beans in the prepared baking dish. Top with half of the Cheddar and pepper Jack cheeses. Spread on the remaining beans and top with the remaining cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and just beginning to brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
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