47 Reviews

  • Most Helpful
  • Newest
  • Highest Rating

I've been making these for years but I always have roasted garlic cloves on hand as well as cilantro pesto that I make and freeze in ice cube trays. So what I do is put a cube of thawed cilantro pesto and a few cloves of roasted garlic in the pan, flatten the garlic with a spoon and then continue from there as directed. Then I top with queso or Mexican 4 cheese and heat in the microwave until the cheese just melts. This ia a simple and yummy recipe. I like the mixture of whole and mashed beans. If you want a tip for mashing, try a potato masher rather than a fork. These can be so easily adapted to different tastes just by adjusting spices. If it's too mild, you can always add jalapenos or even hot sauce to taste. Personally I like the amounts of cumin and chili powder, but I think my cilantro pesto and the addition of cheese adds more dimension.

2 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
jaybee chef January 10, 2012

I used dry beans so I adapted things alittle bit. Canned beans never digest very well for us. This recipe was wonderful and I really like the addition of lime juice. The beans were great as listed but the DH loves spice so we added some jalapenos and onions for good measure which they wouldn't need depending on what you would be serving them with. Thanks Groovy!!

2 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Mindelicious August 13, 2010

This was excellent! So quick and easy it was ridiculous- the hardest and most time consuming part was mashing the beans. My arms got tired. I drained the pinto's completely (bean liquid is what gives you gas!) and added about 1/4 cup water with a sprinkle of Vegeta granules.

1 person found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
EmilyStrikesAgain April 18, 2010

I had high hopes for this recipe, but the only reason it was any good was because of the onions, cheese, and salsa that I served with it. On its own it would've been inedible. I used pintos.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
falafel July 31, 2012

Very good recipe. I added double the amount of garlic cloves. In addition to the juice from the beans I also used 1/2 cup of the broth from Simpy's Carnitas (Simply Carnitas) and they turned out great. I loved the freshness and kick that the lime gives it in the end. Will be using this recipe again for sure.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Nessfamily3400 May 10, 2012

These were pretty good! I used black beans and halved the recipe. It was a little dry, so you may need to add in chicken broth or bean liquid, but overall it was great! Sure beats the heck out of beans in a can!

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
OBXChef February 26, 2012

Great recipe! I followed it to the T except for salting to taste I simply added a packet of Sazon Goya seasoning packet when I added the chili powder and cumin. Perfection. And you are right, I will Never go back to the can again.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Kookee doe February 12, 2012

I made this as directed, but it seemed to be lacking something for me. I used the smashing with a spoon method, and think maybe I should have blended them instead in my blender. Perhaps they were just a bit too chunky for me. Everyone did still eat them, especially my 2 year old who happens to love refrained beans.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
TexasKelly December 31, 2011

Very good. The first time I made them I used twice as much lime as I was supposed to and they did not taste good. This time I made them I forgot I was out of cumin. So I'm having trouble actually doing this recipe as written! I subbed 1/2 paprika and 1/2 curry for the cumin and that tasted different, but good! I slowly added lime this time... and I prefer it with 1/2 tbsp - 1 tbsp lime only. I think this would be tasty even just with a little bit of oil and the garlic. I will probably reduce the amount of oil in the future.

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
mandabacca February 11, 2011

Love it. This is super fast & easy. I used black beans that I rinsed thoroughly because that's how I roll. I added 1/4 cup of water. This was ready to mash before I was ready. Very yummy!

0 people found this helpful. Was it helpful to you? [Yes] [No]
Tina A August 01, 2010
Smoky Refried Beans