Low-Fat Homestyle Refried Beans

"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."
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Ready In:
2 2/3 cups




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

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  1. mollyhcarter
    Delicious! My husband and I loved this. So much better than canned beans and fast and easy to prepare.
  2. bad kitty 1116
    Love it! I have made these several times. No changes except for a pinch of sugar and fresh chopped cilantro. Great recipe!
  3. Greeny4444
    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!
  4. JandJsmom
    My family loved these. We were getting tired of canned refried beans so I thought I would try these. Delicious!!!!! So easy. I didn't use the water or lime juice and thought they were still great. I mashed them in the pan and then transfered to individual ramekins and topped with cheese, melted in oven and it was fab!!! Could also be used as a bean dip!!!
  5. NursePatticake
    My whole family thought these were delicious. The only changes I made were that I blended them in the food processor to get them a little smoother than I was able to with the potato masher. Also, I went without the lime juice.


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