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Easy Refried Beans

  • Author: wellness sleuth
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4


Making easy refried beans is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious yet easy brunch with your family. This easy recipe only requires a few common pantry items and takes less than ten minutes of your time – making it well worth your while! Refried beans are great for quick meals throughout the week, or can be spiced up for any special occasion.



3 T. extra virgin olive oil
½ medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 16-oz. cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, with liquid
1 T. ground cumin
1 t. chili powder
½ t. smoked paprika

½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh cilantro, to serve


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to medium and add beans, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through and start to break apart slightly, approximately 8-10 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and puree beans with an immersion blender or a potato masher until almost smooth. Serve topped with fresh cilantro, if desired. Enjoy!


Tip: For a more flavorful and authentic variation, substitute bacon grease for the olive oil in this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
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