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Semi-Homemade Refried Beans

Semi-homemade refried beans are so easy and taste much better than from the can!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 3 Tablespoons oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. 
  • Add the pinto beans with their liquid and smash them with a potato masher or the back of a spoon. Stir in cumin.
  • Continue stirring and mashing until you get the texture you like and the beans are the consistency of soft mashed potatoes (3-5 minutes). Season with salt to taste.


Calories: 90kcal | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 3mg