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Refried Beans in a Bowl

How to Make Refried Beans

$0.78 recipe | $0.13 serving
Refried beans are super easy to make and go in a wide variety of recipes like tacos, burritos, or sopes. You can even eat them on their own with tortilla chips. Once you make your own refried beans, you'll never feel like opening a can again.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, How-to, Side Dish
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mexican, Vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 179 kcal

Equipment

  • Frying pan
  • Potato masher
  • Chef knife
  • Cutting board
  • Strainer

Ingredients
 

  • 3 tbsp neutral oil ($0.06)
  • ½ medium onion, diced ($0.14)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 3 cups cooked beans (black or pinto) ($0.48)
  • ⅔ - ¾ cup bean water ($0.01)
  • Sea salt to taste ($0.01)

Instructions
 

  • To start, cook your black beans (save some of the cooking water for later).
  • Then, heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-low. In the meantime, dice your onions and garlic and add the onions into the pan.
  • Sauté the onions until they are starting to look transparent, about 3-4 minutes. Next, add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Add in any optional seasonings at this point. Some of our favorites include minced jalapeño peppers, cumin, chili powder, minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, and Mexican oregano.
  • Stir in the cooked black beans with about ⅔ - ¾ cup of their cooking water and salt. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then start mashing the beans using a potato masher.
  • Continue mashing until you reach your desired consistency. If you don't have a potato masher, transfer the bean mixture to a food processor or blender and pulse until your desired texture is achieved. Transfer back into the pan to cook. Note: if the pan needs a little more oil, add it in now.
  • Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust salt and liquid to your preference.
  • Serve your refried beans warm with tortilla chips, in burritos, tacos, sopes, or whatever else you want!

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Notes

  • For different flavor variations, add minced jalapeños, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, cumin, chili powder, Mexican oregano, vegan queso fresco sprinkled on top, or chopped cilantro.
  • Optional ingredients are not reflected in the price or calories of our recipes.
  • Nutritional information is a rough estimate.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe-to-recipe.
  • All prices are in USD.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Refried Beans
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
179
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7.3
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.6
g
4
%
Trans Fat
 
0
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
4.4
g
Cholesterol
 
0
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
197.9
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
322.7
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
21.6
g
7
%
Fiber
 
7.6
g
32
%
Sugar
 
0.9
g
1
%
Protein
 
7.8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
5.4
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
27.3
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1.8
mg
10
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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