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Easy Refried Beans

Easy Refried Beans can be made with black beans or pinto beans. This simple recipe is the perfect side dish or use refried beans in salads or quesadillas!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 10kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans or use pinto beans
  • Salsa, cheese, sour cream, and/or jalapeños for serving


  • Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Use a garlic press to process the garlic, scraping the bits into the oil. Cook for just a few seconds; you don't want the garlic to burn.
  • Add the beans with their liquid into the pan. Use a potato masher to mash the beans (there will still be some chunks left).
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for a few minutes. The beans will bubble and the liquid will start to cook off. You can cook them longer to reduce the liquid or less to have a more "runny" refried bean.
  • Use or serve plain, or stir in cheese or salsa or any toppings you like.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 10kcal | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Vitamin C: 0.2mg