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Refried Beans

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Easy Refried Beans have so much flavor and are super easy to make thanks to canned pinto beans! These vegetarian refried beans are a great healthy side dish to any Mexican meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 232kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 30 oz pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh lime juice and cilantro, optional


  • In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the pinto beans, vegetable broth, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Use an immersion blender, potato masher, or a wooden spoon to mash the beans to your desired consistency. You can also transfer the bean mixture to a food processor and blend if you like really smooth refried beans.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste. You can also add in a little fresh lime juice and fresh cilantro, if desired. Serve the refried beans warm!


You can also use black beans. You need two 15 oz cans for this recipe. 


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg