Easy Refried Beans Recipe

Refried beans are delicious and simple to make. Refried beans are ready in 25 minutes with canned beans! These beans are vegan, gluten-free, and healthy.

– 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil – ½ cup finely chopped yellow or white onion (about ½ small onion) – ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt – 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced – ½ teaspoon chili powder – ¼ teaspoon ground cumin – 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained, or 3 cups cooked pinto bean – ½ cup water – 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro – 1 tablespoon lime juice (about ½ medium lime), to taste


Step 1


Warm olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and salt. Cook the onions for 5–8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and translucent.

Step 2

Stir in garlic, chilli powder, and cumin. Stir constantly until fragrant, 30 seconds. Pour in drained beans and water. Stir, cover, and cook 5 minutes.

Step 3

Turn down the heat and take the lid off. Mash up at least half of the beans with a potato masher or the back of a fork until you get the consistency you want.

Step 4

Leave the lid off and stir the beans often for three more minutes. Take the pan off the heat and add the lime juice and cilantro.

Step 5

If you think it needs it, add more salt and lime juice. To make the beans less dry, add a splash of water and mix them in. Put a lid on it and wait to serve.

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