Refried Black Beans

Super Easy Refried Black Beans. Homemade refried beans are a lot easier to make than you think and taste so much better than the canned version! Ready in less than 25 minutes!

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Homemade refried black beans are a lot easier to make than you think. These are so much better than refried black beans from a can! The canned version can be loaded with extra ingredients to preserve the beans and typically leave an after taste. Making your own refried beans at home is super easy! All you need for this recipe is 10 ingredients and only 25 minutes!

When you think of refried beans you don’t always think about black beans. Refried beans are typically made with pinto beans. I decided to try the same technique but with black beans instead. I personally prefer the taste of black beans over pinto beans. We also decided to leave some of the beans whole to create a chunkier texture. If you like your beans smoother mash them all with the back of your spoon or a potato masher.

To spruce up my Refried Black Beans I added some sautéed onion, garlic and lots of Mexican spices. You could even add some heat with diced jalapeños!

I love to top my homemade refried black beans with fresh chopped onions, sour cream or even queso fresco. The possibilities are endless! Use this homemade method anytime your recipe calls for refried beans!

Ingredients for this Refried Black Beans Recipe

  • Black Beans: I prefer using black beans however this recipe can be made with pinto beans.
  • Onions & Garlic: Give this dish so much flavor!
  • Seasonings: Cumin, dried oregano, salt, pepper and chili powder are added. Adjust the seasonings to taste. We always like adding a bit more chili powder for some more heat.
  • Chicken Broth: Is used to thin out the beans and create a creamy texture.

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How to make Refried Black Beans

  • Saute onions & garlic: In oil until tender and golden brown.
  • Bloom the spices: We add in the spices (cumin, dried oregano, salt, pepper and chili powder) and let them saute in the hot oil for a minute to bloom. This really brings out the flavor of the spices and enhances the overall dish!
  • Simmer: Add in beans and chicken broth and turn the heat down to low. Simmer until the mixture has thickened a bit, 5-10 minutes. (The mixture will still look a bit watery but will thicken when we mash the beans)
  • Mash the beans: With the back of your spatula or with a potato masher. Make sure to leave some of the beans whole to keep a chunky texture.
  • Serve: The beans as is or top with cilantro, raw onions, sour cream, or queso fresco.

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Storage and Reheating Instructions

  • Store: Leftover refried black beans in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat: Leftovers by heating them back up in a skillet with a couple splashes of chicken broth or water.

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Ways to serve Refried Beans

Optional topping for refried beans

  • Cilantro
  • Queso fresco
  • Sour cream or greek yogurt
  • Avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • Onion / Radish
  • Shredded Mexican cheese
  • Hot sauce (this one is our favorite!)

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Re-fried Black Beans

4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Super Easy Refried Beans. Homemade refried beans are a lot easier to make than you think. All you need is 4 ingredients. Ready in under 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 15.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Add in onions and saute until tender and golden brown 3-4 minutes. Add in garlic and saute for an additional minute.

  2. Stir in the spices: cumin, oregano, salt, pepper and chili powder. Allow them to cook for one minute. Keep an eye on them and continuously stir so they do not burn.

  3. Add in beans and chicken broth and turn the heat down to low. Simmer until the mixture has thickened a bit, 5-10 minutes. (The mixture will still look a bit watery but will thicken when we mash the beans)

  4. Mash the beans with the back of your spatula or with a potato masher. Make sure to leave some of the beans whole to keep a chunky texture. Serve the beans as is or top with cilantro, raw onions, sour cream, or queso fresco.

Nutrition Facts
Re-fried Black Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 495mg22%
Potassium 367mg10%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 7g29%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin C 4.7mg6%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Easy Recipe, Mexican, Refried Black Beans, Side dish

 

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  • You made your black beans looks so good. I then scrolled through more of your recipes and you have a Mexican theme going. That would go over super well in my house.

  • StevenHB

    We had these with a Mexican-spiced steak and rice tonight. They were very good. One quibble with the recipe: it’s not possible to caramelize onions in two minutes, but you can saute them and get, perhaps, a bit of color on them.

  • Dave

    That’s basically how I make ours. Only I double it and add a tsp or two of bacon grease.

    If I cook beans from dry, I’ll add a little leaf of epazote, 1 clove garlic, a wedge of onion and some bacon grease. That’s it. Fish out the epazote leaf before mashing and mash them in the cooking water. Some say epazote tastes like kerosene. It’s like cilantro – an acquired taste. However, it adds a great flavor boost to the beans and is usually only used with black beans.

  • I dont know why I dont add chicken broth to my refried beans. I am gonna try this recipe. Looks so delicious

  • Excellent side dish with chicken enchiladas- way better than re-fried beans! I didn’t have fresh cilantro so I used cumin and it was delicious. My onions were also cooked so I don’t understand others’ issues. Very good!!

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