5 Minute Refried Beans Recipe

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Refried beans recipe from scratch made in just 5 minutes! All you need is a handful of ingredients to make this delicious mexican favorite.

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Today I’m sharing with you my favorite 5 minute homemade refried beans recipe.

I have loved refried beans since I was a little girl.

I remember on several occasions eating them straight out of the can with chips…cold even!

I have found since I began to eat healthy that refried beans can be either 1) hard to find with clean ingredients or 2) expensive.

That’s when I decided to make them myself.

How do you make refried beans?

Partially drain a can of black beans or pinto beans.

The more liquid you leave, the runnier the beans will be. For super thick refried beans, drain most of the liquid.

If you want more runny beans, say for pouring over nachos, leave a little more liquid than normal

Use an immersion blender to puree the beans until smooth.

Do this step first while the beans are still room temperature. If the beans splatter, at least they will not be hot.

I have learned this the hard way! If you do not have an immersion blender, use a potato masher and mash them as much as possible

Once your beans are smooth, place them in a saucepan over medium heat and add the lime juice and spices.

Heat until warm (less than five minutes) and they are ready to serve!

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refried black beans

Refried beans are classically made with pinto beans, but you can also make them with black beans.

I personally love to make refried black beans!

how to make homemade refried beans with just black beans a few spices. It only takes 5 minutes and tastes better than the canned stuff!

I’m a fan of all things mexican food wise, especially as a vegetarian/mostly vegan.

We eat mexican at least once a week, if not more.

It’s an easy and delicious way to get lots of protein and lots of flavor!

Uses For Refried Beans

  • A healthy bean dip – I love eating them dipped with tortilla chips!
  • Use as filling in tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, you can’t go wrong!
  • Drizzle these vegan refried beans over nachos for an extra protein and flavor punch

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These are so simple but really flavorful!

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Like I said above, I use black beans and pinto beans interchangeably in this recipe.

Whichever you have on hand will work!

Learn how to make refried beans with just black beans, lime, and a few simple spices. I make this recipe all the time!

Ever since I got my immersion blender, it has been my best friend and this recipe is one of the main reasons why!

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I love these beans alone, or in pretty much anything.

I had a hard time photographing them because I kept dipping chips in to eat. The flavor is so addictive!

Refried beans recipe from scratch:

Ever since I discovered the immersion blender hack, I’ve been making my own homemade refried beans instead of buying them.

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These refried beans are perfect in my Simple Refried Bean Enchiladas!

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4.73 from 22 votes

5 Minute Homemade Refried Beans

By: Joy Shull
5 minute homemade refried beans - use canned black beans and just a few spices to make a quick and delicious addition to dinner!
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 3 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 can of black beans or pinto beans, partially drained (see notes)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • squeeze of lime juice, I used around ½ small lime

Instructions 

  • Partially drain beans and pour into a pan
  • Using an immersion blender, blend beans in pan until they are a puree texture
  • Add spices and lime juice and heat over medium heat until hot (around 3-5 minutes)
  • Serve on burritos, nachos, tacos, or as a dip
  • Enjoy!

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Notes

Drain beans according to how thick you want the refried beans to be. I drained about half of the liquid from mine and it was spreadable but not extremely thick. It will thicken if stored in the fridge also.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 44kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 3g, Sodium: 103mg, Fiber: 3g
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12 Comments

  1. Very good! I used canned black beans, rinsed very well. I cut the cumin & chili powder in 1/2, which was perfect for me.

  2. This was perfect! So simple and very flavorful! I sprinkled fresh cilantro,a little shredded cheese and a swirl of taco sauce. Delicious!!! Will make again! Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    A very quick, simple but tasty recipe. I needed refried beans for a Beef and Bean Tostada recipe and found this recipe using black beans, since that was all I had on hand. I will definitely be using this again, thanks.

  4. This is great! I’m keeping this for future use. Just finished making some and I can’t wait to eat dinner. I didn’t have any limes and I’m a little bummed about it because I can just imagine how much better it would taste if I had it. Next time I’ll be prepared. 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe!