Light Refried Black Beans

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Bev I Am

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.

Top Review by skat5762

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.

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