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Overhead shot of a bowl of refried beans sprinkled with cheese.
Quick and Easy Refried Beans
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

These Quick and Easy Refried Beans are made easy using canned beans and made healthier without the refry.  

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Servings: 5 (1/2 cup) servings
Author: Countryside Cravings
  • 1 (28 oz) (850 g) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan combine all the ingredients.  Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.  Mash with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.  (These will not be super smooth beans)

  2. Continue to cooker over low heat for 10 minutes or until they reach desired consistency.  Stir occasionally to help prevent burning.  (Beans will also thicken as they cool)

Recipe Notes
  1. Make ahead tip: Beans can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.  
  2. If you would rather use black beans they substitute well.
  3. These beans are vegetarian and vegan.  
  4. They are also gluten free (just be sure to check your labels before purchasing to ensure they are gluten free).