Side Dish | April 29, 2021

Easy Refried Beans

The secret to the best, quick and east refried beans is right here! They don’t have to be from scratch to be THIS good. Take your favorite canned refried beans and doctor them up with this recipe.

EASY REFRIED BEANS THE FAST WAY

98% of the time I don’t have time to soak beans from scratch. I have time to basically open up a can and doctor the beans up. They taste seriously delish, as if they were from scratch. I’ve been working this recipe for over a year and the trick to refried beans is deep flavor that is simple and not too strong. Here is how to do that.

INGREDIENTS FOR EASY REFRIED BEANS

  • CANNED REFRIED BEANS
  • GARLIC SALT
  • ONION SALT
  • FRESH GROUND PEPPER!!
  • VEGETABLE BROTH

WHY IS VEGETABLE BROTH IMPORTANT?

Have you ever had to sip warm broth, specifically store bought? Vegetable broth is so much more flavorful than chicken or beef. While they all have their own great flavors  chicken and beef are a lot more mild. Vegetable broth hits it home in refried beans and their simple flavors. PROMISE me you will only use vegetable broth here. Got it?

HOW TO MAKE REFRIED BEANS?

  1. Start by emptying a can (or 2) of beans into a pan on medium heat.
  2. Heat the beans until they start to soften.
  3. Once they are warm and softening is when you will add your broth. If you add the broth while the beans are cold your beans may turn out too runny. 

ADD IN THE SPICES

Once you have your beans at a texture you approve of you will want to stir in your spices

  1. onion salt
  2. garlic salt
  3. fresh ground pepper

IS FRESH GROUND PEPPER REALLY IMPORTANT

Surprisingly yes. One of my favorite restaurants makes their beans with fresh ground pepper and it really makes or breaks this dish. It does not make it spicy but rather accentuates all the delicious flavors going on in there.

LET YOUR BEANS SIMMER

If you are in a huge rush you can dish them right out of the pan from here, but I prefer to let them simmer for 5-15 minutes on low. It helps the garlic and onion flavors marry with the beans.

HOW DO I SERVE REFRIED BEANS?

There are soooo many ways to eat refried beans.

  1. a dip! just as is. OR top with cheese, melt and scoop with your favorite tortilla chips
  2. a stuffing. Stuff in your tacos, burritos,
  3. a topping. Top on nachos, tostados or navajo tacos
  4. 7 layer dip– this one is amazing

HOW DO I SERVE WTH A MELTED CHEESE?

Shred your favorite cheese- cheddar, mozzarella etc.

  1. top on the beans in the pan and cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes right after you finish cooking.
  2. if you pan is oven proof top with cheese and broiler 2-3 minutes in your oven. If your pan is not oven proof just transfer to an oven proof baking dish.

CAN I MAKE THIS RECIPE FROM CANNED PINTO BEANS OR DRY PINTO BEANS?

YES! If you like mash the beans yourself start by draining your pinto beans and then heating them  in a pan. Using a potato masher mash your beans to the consistency you like. Then add veg broth and spices as instructed.

If you want pinto beans from scratch we have a great recipe here! It’s a no soak method using dry pinto beans in your instant pot. 

IS THIS RECIPE GLUTEN FREE?

YES! double check your canned ingredients but most are gluten free. Broth and these spices are all gluten free also. Serve with corn tortilla chips and its perfect for your celiac and gluten intolerant friends and family.

HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER REFRIED BEANS?

Keep leftover beans in the fridge in an air tight container. When you reheat the beans you can do so in the microwave or stovetop. If they need a little thinning out just add a few tbs of vegetable broth.

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5 from 7 votes
small skilled with refried beans and cheese melted on top and cilantro. Chips layer beside
Easy Refried Beans
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
8 hrs
 

The most flavorful refried beans made in minutes. Easy and delicious and can be used on all your favorite Mexican dishes.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Refried Beans, Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Servings: 8
Calories: 3 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 2 16oz refried beans your favorite brand
  • 3/4-1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Add Beans to a medium to large pan. Heat beans till they are warm and soft. Gradually stir in about 3/4 cups vegetable broth. If you like your beans a little more thin add more.

  2. Stir in your spices and let simmer for 5-15 minutes.

  3. Serve immediately

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Easy Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 380mg17%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I just have to leave a follow-up comment to these beans. They. Are. AMAZING!!! We have eaten them two night in a row now (on our burritos), and seriously, my family is going NUTSO! My husband said to me last night, “We should make these beans a weekly tradition!” They simply are the best homemade refried beans ever. Like EVER! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!