Refried Beans

We love mexican food and refried beans are a family favourite. A can of store bought beans are nothing close to homemade and they are ridiculously expensive. Here is my version.

Refried Beans

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 2 cans pinto beans , drained
  • 2 tomatoes , diced
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 jalapeno , seeded and minced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water


  • Cook all ingredients in a saucepan on medium high heat, stirring frequently so that beans do not stick to the bottom.
  • Once onions are cooked (around 10 minutes), remove from heat and using a potato masher, mash the beans, tomatoes and onion.
  • If there is still some water in the mixture and it is not a thick consistency place back on minimum heat and simmer until bean mixture is thick, stirring often.
  • Serve with tacos or nacho chips.


If desired, spread in a baking dish and cover with grated cheddar and monterey jack cheeses. Bake, uncovered for 30 minutes at 325.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.

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