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refried beans

Easy Refried Beans


You’ll probably wonder why you haven’t always made them yourself. 


  • 2 (15 oz) cans pinto beans
  • 1/3 C white onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/3 tsp kosher salt, to taste


  1. Grab a medium-sized saucepan and drizzle in a small amount of oil. Add the onions and saute over medium-high heat until they begin to soften and brown around the edges.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic. Saute just until they’re fragrant, then add the jalapenos. 
  3. Next, stir in the beans and water. Bring to a simmer, then add the cumin, chili powder, and salt. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Continue simmering for about 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat. Use an immersion blender or a potato masher to blend some or all of the beans. The consistency is up to you. 
  5. Place a skillet over medium-high heat and add the rest of the oil. Let it heat up for about a minute, then pour in the beans. Stir around and cook until they begin to look ‘dried out.’ 
  6. Dassit. 
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