Refried Beans

Total Time:
19 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
9 min

Yield:
4 (1/2 cup) servings
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, or other chili powder
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Directions

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and chili powder and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the beans and chicken broth and cook until the beans are warmed through, about 5 minutes. Mash the beans coarsely with the back of a wooden spoon, adding more chicken broth to moisten, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in the cilantro.


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Forget the cumin.  Reviewer Adam says 1 Tblsp.  Way too much.  I used less than that to a double batch,, and it is overpowering.  I should have thought about it more.  My fault. item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are absolutely amazing. on a whole other level. Love them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
All I can say is WOW! I've always thought beans were an essential part of any Mexican meal, but have felt "beans are beans." I ran out of canned refried beans, but had a can of pintos and tried this recipe...I never thought beans could be a show-stealer! They were gobbled down quickly and my family was disappointed I only made one can. Definitely buying pintos from now on and using this recipe instead of pre-made beans. <br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Came out fine but turned out to be great by adding a tablespoon of Cumin. I first made these using pork beans from the Dollar Tree and it came out tasting great, so there's that option, but also using raw pinto beans is a perfectly good alternative. You miss some of the subtle flavors that the pork provides but also lose some of the unhealthier qualities. One other thing: I hated smashing the heated beans with my wooden spoon and opted to blend them instead. It turns it into a bit of a bean paste but that didn't bother anyone at all. Makes for an easier spread on small tortillas. Goes great with scrambled eggs during breakfast and turns into a simple snack if you add this on a tortilla, fresh avocado, and a few thin slices of green bell pepper with a sprinkle of goat cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super easy and delicious. Much better than the can versions. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never buying canned again! Tasty and easy! Only thing I did different was no cilantro because I cannot stand the taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I actually like these better than the ones at most Mexican restaurants. Great flavor and good for you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed these beans. I did add some cumin and I felt the results were wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took the beans to a taco party at my mother's. I normally don't like refried beans but enjoyed these. Very flavorful and easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took a potful to a church function. They were a big hit!. I cooked my own pinto beans though but if i didnt have them on hand I would use the canned beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So very easy and delicious! Like some of the other reviews I have read...never buying store bought refried beans again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I may have decreased the olive oil too much (I only used 2 teaspoons), but I found these refried beans a little too dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first time ever making homemade refried beans and I am amazed. I will never buy canned again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe, and didn't find it to be too heavy on the garlic (though the size of cloves can vary a lot) or broth (I did simmer for a couple minutes after smooshing the beans, and that helped the flavor and evaporated some of the broth). After seasoning with salt and pepper, I found it to still be a bit bland, so I added fresh lime juice (about 1/4 of a lime) - that did the trick!! I made these ahead, and added the cilantro right before serving; is it ok to add it initially, then refrigerate, then warm the beans just before serving? item not reviewed by moderator and published
WoW, I'm Impressed! This came out really really tasty. I cut back the adobe chili powder by half, and left out the cilantro because I'm using it in other areas; I don't want to overpower the final dish. Used the 2/3rd cups of broth as recommended and gently mashed with an old fashioned potato masher. I could eat all of this in one sitting with melted cheese over it. Thank you for a quick, easy, tasty home made dish with less sodium content. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Will never buy canned refried beans again. These came out wonderfully. I didn't have a problem with broth at all (just let them simmer ya'll and that does the trick). The fact that you can make your own refried beans, with less fat etc...........in the time that it takes to make these.......makes these a winner here in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was close to how mi abuelas made their frijoles when they were in a hurry, but the olive oil made the dish disgusting. I had to throw it out because everything tasted bitter, and the texture felt slick in my mouth, which is totally gross. I made it with lard like my ancestors always used, and that corrected this fatal flaw. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty and easy to make. I used half the amount of broth as others did and used a can of pork and beans, which I drained and rinsed and it worked out great! Thank you for this delicious recipe, item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a fun change from canned refried beans - yet using canned beans was a nice convenience. Based on others&amp;#39; recommendations, I used about half a cup of broth and that seemed like a good amount. I also added a little cumin to spice it up a bit. Next time I will try it with black beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used about 1/2 lb of dried pinto beans, rinsed, soaked overnight, rinsed again then cooked with a clove of garlic. I doubled the other ingredients except the broth, left the cooked garlic with the beans and omitted the fresh garlic (family preference here. I used a potato masher to smash the beans. Overall, great results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is SO EASY! I had to make this recipe x6 because I was feeding a VERY large group. I actually made the beans ahead (using my immersion blender, which worked great, then reheated them in a casserole dish in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes with lots of shredded jack cheese on top. Thanks to other reviewers' suggestions, I used only half the amount of broth suggested, and the amount was perfect. I did NOT halve the amount of garlic, and I thought it was just right. I loved these beans, our guests LOVED them, and I'll never go back to canned refried beans again. Great that they can be made ahead! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super easy and tasty too! I never liked refried beans (made them from a can for my husband- but I tried this recipe and I LOVED the beans. A great side with taco nights! I added some shredded cheese on top! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and easy and best of all, fast. I didn't have fresh jalapenos but I added some pickled hot jalapenos at the end. I also used half the stock and used immersion blender. I only made one can, next time will make more, especially bc there wasn't enough stuff to keep the immersion blender from squirting! I have made these from scratch and they were never this good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These refried beans tasted AMAZING! I am so happy to find a delicious, low-fat recipe for refried beans that isn't missing any component - they are tasty, good texture and color, not hard to make nor requiring any special ingredients. I also used my immersion blender after reading other reviews. A+!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yumm, this bean recipe was great with my cinco de mayo dinner. I do not buy canned beans so I boiled dry beans ahead of time and followed the recipe. It doesn't make for much so I made a double portion. Really easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my family today after reading the majority of the reviews. I used 1 clove of garlic, 1 can of a bean mix of red kidney, pinto, and black beans, 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder and 1 teaspoon ground cumin (saw this in some other recipes. The family loved it, I will never buy canned refried beans again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and so good! Follow the recipe exactly, except I used my immersion blender. My beans weren't runny at all. I could see how they might be too runny if you just mash them coarsely with the back of a spoon, as the recipe says to do. I used 2 cloves of garlic, but they were a bit on the small side. I can see why some people might only want to use 1 clove. I was fine with 2 but I love garlic. Any more than 2 and it would have been to much. Next time I want to try adding a jalapeno for some spicy beans. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are pretty much the best refried beans I have ever had. Simple to make and our guests devoured them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and perfect texture (used my immersion blender. Used up my homemade black beans instead of canned pintos. I doubled the recipe because I was feeding 12 people but DID NOT double the amount of broth thanks to the comments by "raysasaki". item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an easy and very yummy recipe. Would make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am picky about how my refried beans are prepared so I was skeptical of this recipe. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well the flavors complemented each others. After reading other reviews about the overwhelming garlic flavor, I used one clove of garlic which was perfect. Also, I added half the broth initially and then added more to get the right consistency. All in all, a very good recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great. It was perfectly paired with Ellie's spinach and mushroom quesadilla. Will definitely be making again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I LOVED them. So, easy to make, but I have to agree with some of the others. One may want to cut back on the chicken broth or it will make them runny... item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor in these beans was excellent - so much better than canned refried beans! There was a lot of liquid, so I let the beans cook longer than indicated to thicken up. I also added maybe a half teaspoon of cumin for additional flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe and I thought overall it was a good recipe. I had to double the amount of beans because as I added the broth it seemed to be an overwhelming amount of liquid. I also only used one garlic clove. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did not care for this recipe at all but appreciate it is a healthier alternative for refried beans. The garlic dominated this when prepared as written (and I usual like garlic, but yuck in this), and as others have mentioned, it could have used an slight kick of heat from jalapenos or cayenne. I just thought the taste of the pinto beans was completely overshadowed by garlic. I used dry beans so I know the flavor of the beans wasn't the problem as I usually love them. Very disappointed in this, will look for another way to season these in a healthy way. I would say maybe scale back the garlic to one clove and add something else to flavor these that compliments the beans with some heat. Consistency of beans was great though, just flavor off for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and very good! I tripled the recipe and the beans were very soupy because of the amount of chicken broth. It probably would have cooked off eventually, but I was short on time. I drained some of the juices in a colander and they were good to go! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Cheap, healthy and QUICK!! A really tasty and healthy version of the original! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are a great healthy version of refried beans. Instead of adding the cilantro at the end, I spooned 1/2 of the beans into a mini food chopper with the cilantro and processed until they were creamy. Then I added them back to the other beans and mixed them together. It gave them a good consistency and kept me from having to mash them so much. I also added cayenne pepper (to spice them up) and extra garlic powder. They would be great in a burrito, on nachos or just add cheese on top of them as a side dish. This batch is a bit small so I would double or more if you are taking them to a party as a side dish. Also, I added a little extra chicken broth and let it cook down to give the flavors time to blend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed these beans, but next time I'll use better pintos. I used organic pintos from Trader Joe's. They didn't taste or smell right and were stuck in the can like paste. I wouldn't recommend them. Aside from that I added a few tablespoons of fresh salsa and stirred it into the beans. It gave them just the right amount of "kick." I'll make these again with a better grade of pintos. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic. My guests loved it and I look forward to making it again. I agree with the other posts that you may want to double up on the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe a second time, and this time I didn't have a problem with the onions! I made a double batch, and used a can of pinto beans and a can of black beans. DELICIOUS! This is now my go-to recipe for refried beans. And it's healthy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my fourth recipe that I recently tried for refried beans. Thank Gosh I didn't give up because these are fantastic!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super EASY and DELICIOUS. I've made this recipe several times now and I follow the recipe exact, except I saute fresh jalepanos with the onions for added spice. I also let the beans simmer for about an hour or cook on low in the crock pot like another reader suggested. SO good I triple the recipe so I have left overs. A must try!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans are the most delicious refried beans I've ever had. Everybody needs to try these beans!! Yum Yum item not reviewed by moderator and published
i am not a bean maker so i looked for a recipe and this one sounded promising. after trying it and serving it for dinner i was so embarassed by the taste of them. i wanted to retract everyones plate. i would look for a different recipe if i were you. i dont know how this one even make it on this site. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i rehydrated my beans over a few hours in my crock pot while i slept. the spices and cilantro added to this made it so delicious! i used it in a nacho layer dip for the super bowl party, they would be great in bean burritos. the flavor is supurb. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hardly ever post comments, but this recipe is well deserving. It's fast and delicious! As previous readers mentioned, I typically do not like refried beans, but I was looking for a healthy side dish. This is perfect. I made zero changes to the recipe and it comes out perfect every time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I HATE refried beans, mostly because of the "dirty sock" flavor that they seem to have. But these were amazing! The garlic and onion really makes this recipe tasty and this went real well with tacos. I made it with beef broth, I found it gave them a richer flavor. It was a big hit and very easy! I will definitly make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good recipe.It's a great snack.Try it if your in the mood.You won't be dissapointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious and so much better than I expected. It was very easy to make. At first I was a little concerned that there was too much broth, but after I made it, Ellie's note to "add more if needed" made sense. I plan to double the recipe next time so I can have leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe did not disappoint. Instead of using them as a side dish, I made bean burritos with low fat cheese and it was so tasty and satisfying. I will definitely make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, my headline is correct: I hate refried beans. If we're out eating, I'll either ask them to leave them off, or completely ignore them. However, I desperately needed a healthy side to go with Ellie's Easy Chicken and Mushroom Quesadillas, and these looked easy. These were outstanding! So full of flabor (especially if you love garlic and chile powder and added a lot like I did), and extremely simple to make. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these as a side to Guy Fieri's "No Can Beato this Taquito" recipe and what a delicious meal! The beans are so quick and easy to mix and are truly delicious. Definitely double the recipe the original serving didn't make much. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This receipe was so easy and my husband and I loved it. We tend to put more seasoning than the receipe calls for because we are very big on flavor and we like our food spicy... extra spicy... This receipe took me back to the days of living in Arizona, and when we got home from school my best friend's mom used to have Mexican Food waiting for us. It was a real treat to make this in my home... I used two 15.5 oz cans... so I doubled up on the receipe. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After all the other reviews, I was looking forward to trying these beans. I followed the recipe exactly and was disappointed by the lack of flavor. I couldn't taste the chili powder at all so I can't imagine halving it as previously suggested. It seems like these would be a good base to add your own flavor to. I'll try that next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE these beans. I think the amount of chili powder is overpowering so I cut it in half the second time I made them. I leave out the cilantro b/c I serve with homemade pico de gallo. A few people mentioned that it seems like there is a lot of broth - I think they tasted better the longer they simmered so I would suggest using the full amount the first time you make them. Let them simmer and thicken (the more you mash, the more they thicken). If it's too much, reduce it the next time. I also suggest making a double recipe b/c the leftovers make healthy, tasty bean burritos for lunch the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I, like another reviewer, used black beans (32 oz can). I was actually in the process of making the refried black beans recipe when I came across this one, and boy am I glad I found this recipe. Last minute I threw in the extra ingredients, and, even though the oz. of beans is more than double, the flavor was perfect! Fabulous with black beans for those of us on South Beach who miss refried beans! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these tonight as a side dish with some tacos and WOW. They are so tasty! They have so much flavor and are so easy! Only thing I would recommend is to maybe go light on the broth and add more if you need it. They were runny at first and I had to simmer for a while so they could thicken up. I didn't use any cilantro and sprinkled with cheese, but even without they are delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing. I love refried beans however the ones from the can never quite did it for me and I was always scared to attempt and make them from scratch because I knew they would never commpare to the one from my favorite Mexican Restaurant. This recipe is perfect. It was super simple and delicious and I even it is better than the one from the restaurant. It's good as a side dish for any mexican meal as well as a dip for some tortilla chips. Keep em coming Ellie. Great Recipe!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were good and reminded me of the Wal-Mart no-fat beans that we serve regularly with fresh cilantro, garlic and hot sauce. So why bother with this? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was pleasantly surprised at how flavorful these were, as well as how quick and easy they were to fix. It's nice to be able to have refried beans that aren't full of fat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious. I think they are the best I've ever tasted. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly since this was the first time making it. Next time I will decrease the amount of chili, onion, and chicken broth. I prefer them a little less seasoned. But this recipe is definately a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is definaly a keeper recipe, I will be using again! I will never again touch re-fried beans in a can. It was very easy, and reminded me of a restaurant-style beans. Very simple to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was very light and flavorful. I have had it twice with once in burritos, and once on nachos...excellent with both! And I didn't feel like I had eaten a brick! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipie is wonderful. You can add lots of healthy things at your whim like chopped jalepeno, cilantro, even a bit of chopped tomato. Thank you, Ellie item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good! Their was so much flavor you didn't miss the fat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this episode and thought this sounded good. It's beyond good! The beans are flavorful and fresh tasting and SO much better than canned refrieds that I'll never buy canned again. The healthful aspects of the dish are an appealing plus, too. Big hit with the family and will be making these on a regular basis. The only adjustment I made was to use 2 cans of pintos instead of one; I seem to recall from the episode that she used two. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Impressed! How come my beans don't taste like that?! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'll never buy canned refried beans again! These have so much more flavor, and are simple to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have really missed eating Mexican food while trying to eat healthy and stay fit. I have MOSTLY missed refried beans - really miss all that Mexican food since I moved from CA to FL. I was very skeptical about this recipe, but love it and make it frequently - at least once every two weeks so we can put the beans into Whole Wheat Tortillas with a little hot sauce and low fat cheese. Thanks for this recipe! I've missed my ole' favorite Bean Burritto! item not reviewed by moderator and published
and still were good! I didn't like any of the recipes for refried black beans on the website, so I took this one and substituted black beans. They were easy to make and healthy, went great with chicken enchiladas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First, I may be slightly biased because beans are a favorite of mine, but this recipe is fantastic. The beans have so much more flavor that the canned stuff and are much healthier than traditional refried bean recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans turned out really great with a lot of flavor. My husband loves authentic refried beans and he was loving these. I added a jalepeno for extra spice. We will make these again for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never made refried beans before so decided to try. These are so tasty and so easy (not to mention healthy!)I will never buy canned again. This is a favorite of my husband and me! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so simple to make...not to mention how fresh and tasty they are. I highly recommend this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these were amazing! i was very surprised at how flavorful they were. great recipe....highly recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I could not believe how good these were and so little fat or salt. Tasted Better than can by far! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty!!! Much more flavorful than canned refried beans. My husband loved them. Easy to make. Plan to never buy canned refried beans again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to prepare &amp; used just a tad more ancho chili powder, yum!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These beans are very easy to fix and excellent in flavor. My husband loved them and wants me to fix them for family the next gathering we have. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Also forgot to mention that I added a bit more chicken broth to this, making it a little soggy, but then set it on a low heat and reduced it to the consistency I liked. It took a bit of time to cook, but since I made about 6 cups, it was worth the time considering their diversity of use in any type of dish for quick meals when you're in a bind. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great suggestion. I recently made these again and couldn't figure out what was off. Refrigerated it and after pulling it out to make some Baleadas, remembered your post. I promptly "refried" the whole thing with Cumin and it turned out fantastic again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sadly I have no lard, I really need to render some. I did, however, use bacon grease because I knew olive oil made no sense, and they came out great. Sorry your first batch got ruined. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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