Homemade Refried Beans – these beans are so simple to make, they have just a few ingredients, take about 20 minutes and are so much better than the canned version!
It is no secret that we like Mexican food at my house. It can be anything from Chicken Enchiladas to just basic taco night. Mexican food is on our menu at least once a week, usually more. I have not always been a fan of refried beans, so I have relied on the canned version for my guys who love them.
Well recently my son was at my brothers house and he made homemade refried beans, and my son was blown away. I received an email with the recipe shortly after they were done eating and now they are our go to recipe.
This refried beans recipe does start with canned pinto beans. Lots of recipes out there use dried beans and is a much longer process. One of the things I like about Chicken Tostadas and other Mexican food is how quickly it is ready. I don’t want to have to plan way ahead. So that is why I love this recipe. 20 minutes and you are ready to eat.
And the nice thing about making a homemade version is you can adjust the seasonings how you want. If you like the spicy, add in a little bit of chopped jalapeno. Mix in a little onion or chili powder. That is really up to you!
How to Make Refried Beans
- Start with canned pinto beans. You are going to use all the liquid in the can, so I like to pay a little extra and make sure I am getting the best version on the shelf.
- Add a bay leaf to help give it lots of flavor
- Smashed garlic cooks with the beans and infuses it with lots of flavor
- Seasonings. Add what you like. We do 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp cumin. But you could skip those, add something different, whatever!
- Salt at the end. Adding salt early in the cooking process can make the beans tough. Salt at the end and adjust to the level you like.
- If you like your beans smooth, you can use a stick blender. If you like them slightly chunky a potato masher works great. Just mash to the texture you enjoy.
Can you Freeze Refried Beans?
- Definitely! Just cool completely and place in an air tight container.
- This recipe does not make a ton, but you could double, or triple the recipe and then freeze in portions for later.
How long will Homemade Refried Beans last in the fridge?
- I would store them in an air tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- To reheat you can microwave or place in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat.
So the next time you are thinking of Mexican food for dinner, skip the canned refried beans and make your own! They can be seasoning and exactly to your liking. Plus they are hardly any extra work.
These beans would be great to serve inside your enchiladas, on top of your Shrimp Tostadas or just as a side dish with tacos. So many possibilities, your family is going to love them.
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- 1 (15 oz) can Pinto Beans
- 1 clove garlic, smashed
- 1 bay leave
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Add the entire contents of the can of beans to a small saucepan.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, except the salt, and stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the beans are soft.
- Remove the bay leave and smash or blend to your desired consistency
- Season with about 1/2 tsp salt, taste and adjust from there.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 124 Total Fat 1g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 783mg Carbohydrates 23g Fiber 7g Sugar 2g Protein 7g