Easy Homemade Refried Beans
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Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

Flavorful homemade refried beans are easy to make in 15 minutes. Start with your favorite bean variety, pinto, black, or bayo.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: beans, black beans, frijoles, pinto beans
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Andrés Carnalla


  • 2 cups cooked beans pinto black, bayo with a little cooking liquid (We recommend that you cook your own beans using our recipe for frijoles de la olla. But no need to worry, canned beans work perfectly well.
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 finely chopped garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Salt 1/2 tsp. + to taste


  • Chop the onion. Finely chop the garlic.
  • In a medium sized pan, heat the oil to medium and add the chopped onion. Cook until the onion becomes transparent.
  • Add the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute. Do not allow the garlic to brown which will give it a bitter taste.
  • Add the cooked beans with a little bit of the cooking water plus the salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 2 minutes before mashing.
  • Mash the beans to the constituency you prefer.
  • Cook for 5 minutes stirring continually.
  • Turn off the heat and allow the beans to rest for 3 minutes before serving.


  • You can reduce the cooking oil by 1 tbsp. to reduce the fat.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 207mg