Refried Beans

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Bowl with Spoon

Prep time:

Kitchen Timer

Cook time:
10 MIN

Silouette of 2 people

5 Servings


Serving Size:
1/4 cup


  • 1 1⁄4 cups or 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) cooked beans (pinto or other type)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin (or try substituting 1/2 teaspoon chili powder)


Drain beans and reserve liquid. (Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.)
Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is soft.
Mash beans and cumin into onion mixture in skillet. Use a potato masher or back of a spoon.
Add reserved liquid or water (1 Tablespoon or more) until desired consistency is reached.
Cook and stir bean mixture on medium heat until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.
Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.