Low-Fat Homestyle Refried Beans

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

A real nice side to a spicy Mexican dish. And these are so much tastier than canned refried beans, while still taking advantage of canned rather than dried beans. The recipe comes from Light & Tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion in oil until tender.
  2. Stir in the garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne; cook and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add beans and mash (I use a potato masher).
  4. Add water; cook and stir until heated through and water is absorbed. It only takes a few minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, and stir in lime juice.


Most Helpful

Delicious! My husband and I loved this. So much better than canned beans and fast and easy to prepare.

mollyhcarter October 30, 2011

Love it! I have made these several times. No changes except for a pinch of sugar and fresh chopped cilantro. Great recipe!

bad kitty 1116 June 16, 2010

These tasted excellent, even though I did make a few tweaks: I used 1 whole small-ish onion, 1 Tablespoon oil, 4 heaping tsp. garlic from the jar, no water, and only 2 tsp. lime juice. To the reviewer that said there was "something missing", I think it might've been the lime juice, because I felt the same way before I put some in. Then, once I put some in, they were perfect. I also thoroughly drained, but didn't rinse, the beans. I took everything off of the heat before mashing them, because I found that the bottom was cooking too much for my liking. I made this recipe to use in Recipe #238239, but I will definitely save it to make as a side dish for a Mexican meal, because they're really good. Thanks so much for posting this!

Greeny4444 March 07, 2010

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