Tuesday 12 April 2016

Home made refried beans

I've had a couple of requests for my refried bean recipe from my April IMK post so without further ado, here it is!

I used to buy tinned refried beans until I clicked just how easy it was to make my own.

Allow extra time if you're using dried beans as you'll need to have them cooked first. Otherwise, tinned kidney beans also work just fine.

  1. Sauté a clove of chopped garlic in some olive oil. Add in a teaspoon of paprika and half a teaspoon of cumin.
  2. Add in two parts of kidney beans to one part tinned tomato. So, to make it easy, you could use 2 cans of kidney beans and one of tomato. I drained the liquid from the beans because I don't like the extra salt that many of them have, but that's up to you.
  3. As you're stirring, mash the beans up and they'll help to thicken the mix. Cook until everything is warm and at the appropriate thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve!
  • You can also add a finely chopped onion when you add the garlic, and even some fresh chilli.
  • Liquid smoke is also a delicious addition... season it to your preference!
I love refried beans. Isn't that just a big bowl of comfort right there?
What's your comfort food?


  1. I think my comfort food is sweet potato and red lentil soup - was the first thing I made when getting home from our holidays - I do love a bit pot of beans and this looks really easy - I make refried beans quite a bit but have very little tomato in it - just a bit of tomato paste if I remember rightly.

  2. I've never made my own refried beans so thanks for the tips - it certainly sounds like a good alternative to store bought.



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