• Prajwala Darog

Quick & Easy Refried Beans

Homemade Mexican Refried Beans that tastes better than any restaurant

We LOVE Mexican Food! Veggie quesadillas, tacos, nachos, tostadas make a weekly appearance in our home. And I always make a batch of homemade Refried Beans to go with these. After a lot of trail and error, I was finally able to come up with a recipe that works for our family and I'm so excited to be sharing it with you all. You guys have been requesting the recipe for this ever since I posted a picture on Instagram

Pinto beans are one of the most popular beans in the US. They are full of heart healthy fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and a good source of plant-based protein. They help keep you full longer, which makes them a great food to include if you are diabetic and trying to control your blood sugar levels.

Traditionally, Mexican refried beans are made from mashed pinto beans and seasoned with some spices and herbs. However, this recipe also works with black beans.

You can use dry pinto beans or canned pinto beans for this recipe. If you are using dry pinto beans, make sure to soak them overnight and cook them with fresh, filtered water and little bit of salt. I like to use my Instant Pot (On bean/chili mode for 22 minutes) or Pressure Cooker to cook the beans. You can make the entire recipe using the Instant Pot (less clean up, yay)! You can also cook them on stovetop or use a slow cooker.

If you prefer using canned pinto beans, be sure to buy unsalted and BPA-free Canned Pinto Beans. The lesser we expose our body to chemicals, the better it is for our hormones.

I’ve used store bought taco seasoning but you can totally make your own at home too. I've included the recipe below.



  • Pinto Beans: 1 cup, cooked

  • Onions - 1 cup, finely chopped

  • Garlic - 1 tbsp, finely chopped

  • Tomato paste - 1 tbsp

  • Taco seasoning - 1 tbsp

  • Water - 1 cup

  • Salt - to taste

  • Cilantro - few sprigs, finely chopped

  • Juice of half a lime


  • Heat olive oil in a skillet on low to medium heat.

  • Once the oil is hot, add finely chopped onions and saute. Add a tsp of salt to help the onions sweat and speed up the cooking process.

  • Add in the garlic and sauté.

  • Once the onions are golden brown, add taco seasoning and mix until nice and aromatic.

  • Add in the tomato paste and mix well.

  • Add the cooked pinto beans and mix

  • Add a cup of water and mix, cover with lid and allow the beans to cook and soak up the flavors for about 3-5 mins.

  • Once done, mash the beans with a potato masher and turn off stove. Garnish with cilantro and lime juice.

Enjoy your Refried Beans in your burritos, tacos, tostada or eat it as is. I'm sure you are going to love it!


  • You can add finely chopped jalapeños for some heat

  • I prefer using tomato paste over fresh tomatoes. It really helps with the flavor and texture of the recipe.

Homemade Taco Seasoning:

Simply combine 1tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp sugar, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 black pepper. Store in a spice jar and use within 6 months.

Other Mexican Recipes that go well with this:

Guacamole : Head to 2.50 minutes of the video

Vegetable Quesadillas: Head to 2.16 minutes of the video

Watermelon Margaritas


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#mexicanfood #beans #protein #plantbased #diabeticfriendly

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