Skip to main content

Refried Beans

Make your own flavorful and satisfying refried beans at home with this 15-minute recipe.
Cooking for a Crowd

Cooking for a Crowd

Use these recipe sheets to prepare for larger groups:

Small bowl of mashed beans garnished with cilantro.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

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 ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon cumin (or ½ teaspoon chili powder)

Directions

  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.

Notes

  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.

Comments

Great recipe!  And all from the pantry.  We made ours the night before for quesidillas the next night.  We warmed them up in the microwave and then added a bit of water to smooth them out.  YUMMY!

I never realized homemade refried beans could be so easy!  I like mine spicy, so I use cumin and chili powder or cayenne pepper.

You might also like...

Recipes A to Z (without photos)

Cherry Oat Crumble
Photo of Cherry Oat Crumble

Cherry Oat Crumble

Low-sugar dessert that combines wholesome oats, tart cherries and comforting vanilla. Enjoy it for breakfast with a serving of plain yogurt.
Prepare:
15 minutes
Cook:
30 to 45 minutes
Makes:
3 Cups
Corn and Tomato Salad
Recipe Image

Corn and Tomato Salad

Light and refreshing salad idea with Italian dressing and fresh herbs. A great option for side dishes, potlucks or summer BBQs.
Prepare:
5 minutes
Makes:
3 cups
Fiesta Barley Salad
Bowl of mandarin orange and barley salad with a wooden serving fork.

Fiesta Barley Salad

A bright and colorful salad with a combination of grains, veggies, and fruit.
Prepare:
15 minutes
Cook:
45 minutes
Makes:
7 cups
Low-Fat Tartar Sauce
Small bowl of tartar sauce with a vegetable patty.

Low-Fat Tartar Sauce

A healthy homemade tartar sauce with fresh herbs and tangy mustard, perfect to serve with seafood.
Prepare:
5 minutes
Makes:
½ cup
Quick Chili
Photo of Quick Chili

Quick Chili

With 5 ingredients and 30 minutes, you will have a hearty and satisfying chili. You can easily customize this recipe by adding your favorite veggies and toppings.
Prepare:
5 minutes
Cook:
20 minutes
Makes:
6 Cups
Chunky Black Bean Dip
Photo of Chunky Black Bean Dip

Chunky Black Bean Dip

Great appetizer or snack idea ready in as little as 10 minutes!
Prepare:
10 minutes
Makes:
3 Cups
Was this page helpful to you?