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Refried Beans

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Number of Servings: 5


  • 1 1/4 cups or 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) cooked beans (pinto or other type)
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder)


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Drain beans and reserve liquid. Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.
  3. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is soft.
  4. Mash beans and cumin into onion mixture in skillet. Use a potato masher or back of a spoon.
  5. Add reserved liquid or water (1 Tablespoon or more) until the mixture reaches the thickness you want.
  6. Cook and stir until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.

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