Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Beans that have been cooked and then mashed and fried with seasonings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dry to mushy paste made by boiling, mashing, and then frying particularly pinto or black beans, included in or served as anything from a main dish in Central America to a dip in the Southern U.S.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. dried beans cooked and mashed and then fried in lard with various seasonings

Etymologies

Translation of Spanish frijoles refritos : frijoles, pl. of frijole, bean + refritos, pl. past participle of refreir, to refry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Calque of Spanish frijoles (“beans”) +‎ refritos (“well-fried”), where the prefix re- adds emphasis rather than meaning "again" as in English (Wiktionary)

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