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Easy Refried Beans Recipe – Better Than Store Bought

Easy Refried Beans made authentically in under 30 minutes. These are so much better than store bought and worth the effort.

Refried beans in yellow bowl topped with salsa, cheese, and jalapeños

Taco Tuesday just got kicked up a notch. No more canned beans. These Easy Refried Beans take less than 30 minutes to make. The flavor is incomparable to their canned counterparts. They are totally worth the little bit of effort they take and will make everyone excited for taco night!

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Why Are They Called Refried Beans?

The name Refried beans brings thoughts to your head of someone frying beans…more than once. This is not the case.

“Refried” does not mean the beans have been fried twice. The name comes from the Spanish name for the dish “frijoles refritos”.

In Spanish “refritos” means “well fried”. The name was mixed up in translation, and in English we call them Refried Beans.

How to make Refried Beans

Onions in pot, beans in pot, potato masher with beans, Mashed beans in pot.

Get started by heating olive oil and sautéing onions until they are soft and translucent. About 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin and chili powder and cook for about 30 seconds until it’s fragrant.

Add the beans and vegetable broth to your pot and stir to combine. Cover and cook them over medium heat about 5 minutes.

Remove lid and reduce heat to low. Mash the beans using a potato masher until they are the desired consistency and then continue cooking for 3-5 minutes.

Remove from heat and add lime juice and salt, if desired, to taste. ENJOY!

Refried beans in bowl with lime, tomatoes,avaocado, and tortillas.

Tips

  • Add a little water if the beans become dry
  • Add beans to food processor for a smoother consistency
  • Top your beans with some cheese crumbles, or fresh salsa for added flair.

Gluten Free & Vegan

These beans are naturally gluten free and vegan. Obviously, when using any store-bought ingredients always double check the labels for hidden sources of gluten.

More Homemade Taco Recipes

If you are planning a taco night, burritos or other Mexican style dinner these recipes are equally delicious and better than store-bought!

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Refried Beans

Easy Refried Beans made authentically in under 30 minutes. These are so much better than store bought and worth the effort.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 30 oz canned pinto beans rinsed & drained, equivalent 2 -15oz cans
  • ½ cup vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and cook onions until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, cumin and chili powder
  • Cook about 30 seconds or until fragrant
  • Add beans and vegetable broth and stir to combine
  • Cover and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes
  • Remove lid and reduce heat to low, mash beans using a potato masher until desired consistency
  • Continue cooking for 3-5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and add lime juice
  • Add salt to taste, if desired
  • Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the refrigerator
  • Add a little water if the beans become dry
  • Add beans to food processor for a smoother consistency

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

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