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Easy Homemade Refried Beans

  • Author: She Likes Food
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


These Easy Homemade Refried Beans are full of flavor and so much better than most canned refried beans out there!


  • 3 (15 oz) cans pinto beans (or about 4 cups cooked pinto beans)
  • 23 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cilantro and lime wedges for garnish, if desired


  1. Open the pinto bean cans and pour them into a colander.  Reserve about 1 cup of the liquid from the cans.  Rinse the beans and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat and add 2-3 teaspoons of olive oil.  Add the diced onion and a pinch of salt.  Cook onion until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes, and then add in the minced garlic.  Cook the onion and garlic for another minute or so.
  3. Add in the pinto beans along with all the spices and about 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Mix everything together well and let cook over low heat for a few minutes.
  4. Pour in 1 cup of the reserved bean liquid, or water/stock, mix everything together and then cover and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove the lid and use a potato masher to mash the beans to your liking.  I mashed mine for a couple of minutes and the texture turned out great.  I like mine to be mostly smooth but still have some whole bean pieces.  You could also put them in a food processor if you want them really smooth.  Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for later use.
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side, Vegan
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Homemade Refried Beans