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Easy refried beans recipe

Mandy Mazliah
Refried beans are an essential part of any Mexican meal. This easy refried black beans recipe takes no time at all to make and is so good you'll be eating it straight from the pan.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 251 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli powder* optional
  • 240 g black beans 1 standard 400g tin
  • Salt* and pepper optional

To serve

  • Fresh coriander chopped
  • Limes cut into wedges


  • Heat 1 tablespoon sunflower oil in a medium-sized non stick frying pan.
  • Add 1 chopped onion, and fry gently over a medium-low heat until soft.
  • Stir in 2 cloves crushed garlic, stir and sauté for a minute.
  • Then add in the 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon ground coriander and 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ½ teaspoon chilli powder* if using stir well and cook for a further minute.
  • Add the tin of black beans, with the water they came in, and mash. Cook for 5-10 minutes until you have the consistency of a thick soup*. Add a little more water if it seems too dry.
  • Season to taste with salt* and pepper.
  • Serve with fresh coriander and lime wedges.


  1. I like to leave my refried beans quite soupy. However, if you prefer you can cook for longer so the water evaporates and mash until smooth.
  2. Omit salt and chilli powder for babies.
  3. Nutritional information is approximate and is intended as a guide.


Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 12gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 543mgFiber: 12gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 189IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
Keyword refried black beans
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