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1 ¼ cups or 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) cooked beans (pinto or other type)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cumin (or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Drain beans and reserve liquid. Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is soft.
  4. Mash beans and cumin into onion mixture in skillet. Use a potato masher or back of a spoon.
  5. Add reserved liquid or water (1 Tablespoon or more) until the mixture reaches the thickness you want.
  6. Cook and stir until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.
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1 cup
Prep time:
5 minutes
Cooking time:
10 minutes
Refried Beans
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