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Refried Beans

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.


  • 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
Keywords gluten free, vegan, vegetarian