Easy Refried Beans Recipe

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Once you’ve tried Easy Refried Beans Recipe you will never use a store-bought can of refried beans again! Not only are the beans easy to make, but they are also ready to go in 25 minutes. They’re a great meatless side dish made with pinto and red kidney beans, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and garlic that are perfect to serve with so many Mexican and Tex-Mex entrees.

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Easy Refried Beans Recipe

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions; to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required, and to understand the steps and timings involved.

If you have only ever eaten refried beans from a can, you are missing out! Sure, it’s quick to open up a can, dump the contents and heat it up, but there is nothing quite like these homemade refried beans.

Refried beans (Spanish: frijoles refritos) is a dish of cooked and mashed beans and is a traditional staple of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine, although each cuisine has a different approach when making the dish. Refried beans are also popular in many other Latin American countries. –


In northern Mexico and in Tex-Mex cuisine, refried beans are usually prepared with pinto beans, but many other varieties of bean are used in other parts of Mexico, such as black, Peruano, or red kidney beans.

This recipe uses a combination of both pinto beans and red kidney beans for an tasty alternative. It’s the sort of recipe you can easily customise to your own tastes too – add more or less chili to your heat tolerance, or even try different bean combinations!

Serve this bean dish as a side with tacos, carnitas, nachos, or other Mexican and Tex-Mex meals. Use the refried beans inside burritos, fajitas, or quesadillas, as they make a great vegetarian alternative to meat in these kinds of foods.

Or simply transfer to a bowl and enjoy as a dip with tortilla chips!

Once you’ve made this easy fried bean recipe, you’ll probably never want to buy the canned stuff ever again!

Dried Beans

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Tex-Mex Refried Beans Recipe

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Recipe Tips

  • For a more flavorful and authentic variation, substitute bacon grease for the olive oil in this recipe.

How Do I Make Easy Refried Beans?

Just check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Refried Beans Recipe

Easy Refried Beans Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Once you've tried Easy Refried Beans Recipe you will never use a store-bought can of refried beans again!


  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 (16oz/400g) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15oz/400g) can red kidney beans, with liquid
  • 1 Tbps ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Fresh cilantro (fresh coriander) and sliced jalapeño to serve, optional


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the beans, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through and start to break apart slightly.
  3. Remove from the heat and purée the beans with an immersion blender or a potato masher until almost smooth. Serve topped with fresh cilantro or sliced jalapeño, if desired. Enjoy!

    Refried Beans Recipe


For a more flavorful and authentic variation, substitute bacon grease for the olive oil in this recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 7gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g

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