Refried Beans - Homemade

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

No lard in these babies!! Try to use organic canned beans (if you can) because you will be using the liquid as well...

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, mash pinto beans and liquid. (You may leave some beans whole, or mash until smooth if you prefer a creamier texture).
  2. Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add green onions, cumin, and garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  4. Stir in mashed beans (mixture will be soupy).
  5. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook beans 10 minutes, or until they thicken and will hold their shape on plate, stirring frequently.
  6. Remove pan from heat. Stir in lime juice and lime zest, and season with pepper.
  7. Top with cilantro for serving.
Most Helpful

We are in LOVE with these beans!!!! I doubled the recipe and am glad I did -- we had leftover fajitas, refried beans and rice today for lunch!!! Had I not doubled the recipe, the beans would have all disappeared last night at dinner. Just a note -- at least for us, when doubling the recipe, I think one could cut back a little on the cumin. I just used about 1 1/2 T. and that was perfect for us. And YES -- the lime juice is a MUST!!!! I'm thrilled to have found this recipe.

Bobbie December 14, 2010

The lime is the magic ingredient!!! Thank you Kozmic Blues! This is almost exactly the way I make my pintos, but I couldn't find that missing little something. It's the lime. Voila!

SlowFoodie December 15, 2009

We loved these! I was out of cumin, so we used chili powder, and they turned out very good. The lime zest and juice are key in my opinion, they give the beans a nice light and fresh taste. I will never again use the premade canned ones. Thank you very much for the recipe!

pahealthymom May 24, 2009