refried beans
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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
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beans
Servings: 4
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 16 oz. cans pinto beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and season with 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.

Notes

Tip: For a more flavorful and authentic variation, substitute bacon grease for the olive oil in this recipe.