Light Refried Black Beans

Total Time
15mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

Refried beans are typically made from pinto beans, but black beans work well, too. Add a dab of sour cream if you crave a little richness. Recipe courtesy of Gourmet Magazine.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook garlic in oil in a skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add beans with their liquid and mash with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon to make a coarse purée.
  3. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot.
  4. Stir in enough of water to thin to a creamy consistency.
  5. Add pepper to taste.
  6. Serve warm, sprinkled with cilantro.
  7. (Beans can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat, adding water if necessary.) Makes 4 servings.
Most Helpful

I have just recently 'come around' to the world of beans, and seem to have a particular affinity for the darker sorts. This, then, is my first foray into the world of refried beans. These very nicely picked up the notes of garlic... I admit I also added a pinch of chile peppers to this. Very good, simple flavour, and nicely enhanced by the fresh cilantro. I actually ate this on a small tortilla shell with lettuce, onions & tomatoes as a very tasty light dinner. Thanks Bev I know I will be making this one again!

s'kat September 16, 2002

So much better than the canned stuff! Added a little cumin and onion powder. Delicious!

thedixongang March 22, 2011

YUM! We did not need to add water, our can must have had a fair amount of liquid in it. I was also making Pico De Gallo and was low on cilantro so I just chopped up a little green onion in it and it was great! This will be one of my go-to recipes.

TryingTraditional June 04, 2008