Who loves Mexican food? Making homemade refried beans adds incredible taste, texture, and frugality over the canned version. Face it, anything that comes in a can has been processed, with hydrogenated oils, preservatives, and who knows what else added. I prefer healthy, cheap, and delish over canned food any day. So get ready to make the switch from boring to exciting, full-of-flavor, homemade refried beans.
By the way, you can start with canned pinto beans, but again…it’s from a can. The result is so much better when making the refried beans from scratch—from old-fashioned, better-for-you dry beans.
This recipe requires cooked beans, with directions for cooking the beans included here.
- 2 cups cooked pinto beans (directions follow below)
- 2 T. healthy fat for sautéing (butter, coconut oil canola oil, or lard would all work here)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Water or vegetable broth as needed
- Keep in mind that 1 cup of dry beans equals approximately 3 cups of cooked beans.
- To prepare dry beans, place the beans in a large bowl, after rinsing them in lots of cool water and checking them for small bits of debris. Cover them with an ample amount of water and allow to soak overnight.
- The next day, drain and rinse the beans. Cover them generously with fresh water in a large pot or saucepan,. Bring to a boil, and keep the beans at a boil for about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and simmer for several hours or until tender. Reserve some cooking liquid for later.
- In a skillet, heat the fat and cook the onions until they are soft and translucent. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes more.
- Add about ½ cup of the beans and mash them up with a potato masher, a wooden spoon, or an immersion blender.
- Add more beans, mashing after each installment, Stir in the cumin, paprika, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper.
- Add about ¼ cup of the cooking liquid or vegetable broth (or water if you’re using canned beans) if they seem dry.
- Keep stirring and mashing, adding more liquid if necessary, until you have a skillet of fairly smooth, well-fried beans. It should be about the consistency of mashed potatoes or a little thinner.
- They will continue to thicken after you take them off the heat.
- If serving at a later time, finish and garnish the beans before serving. Heat the beans on medium-low, stirring in a little water or broth if needed. Serve on a warm platter, sprinkled with cheese and decorated with tortillas chips.
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