Easy refried beans in a red bowl on a wood cutting board
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Refried Beans

This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknight meals or whenever you want a healthy, meatless side dish for your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex entrees.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 481kcal
Author: Chrystal Johnson



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


You can use 4 cans (15-16 ounce cans) of any beans of your choice if you don't have pinto and kidney on hand.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1168mg | Potassium: 1235mg | Fiber: 22g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 4.8mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 7.1mg