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Healthy Refried Beans

These Healthy Refried Beans are full of only the good stuff. Try this easy recipe and you’ll never reach for canned refried beans again!

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Beans.. Ultimate Party Food

I don’t know about you, but nachos and tacos are perfect football watching foods.  And, not just for those chowing down.

They’re great when you’re hosting a party and want something substantial for the men, versatile for the picky eaters, and an all around hit.  Whether you do a build-your-own nacho or burrito bar or make up a batch of taco dip as a welcome addition to your spread, it’s sure to be a hit.

Beans are a great source of fiber, meaning they will fill you up faster, helping to stave off the mid-game munchies.  They also provide a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, including protein and iron: perfect for giving you the energy to head outdoors and join in the halftime pickup game.

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Making Homemade Healthy Refried Beans

We know, popping open a can of beans is SO easy that you’re probably wondering why you would ever want to take the time to make your own.  But, here’s the thing: those canned refried beans are exploding with salt, fats, and other things that I have a hard time pronouncing.

If you’re like us, you’ll be eating enough of those not-too-good-for-you things as you watch the game.  Why not at make this one a healthy choice?

Yes, there can be healthy choices on game day.

By making your own, you control the amount of salt in your beans.  Mashing the beans instead of pan-frying them means that you don’t counteract the nearly fat-free quality of pinto beans.  And, after boiling the beans into submission, they are perfectly soft enough to give you that coveted refried bean consistency.

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Healthy Refried Beans

These Healthy Refried Beans are full of only the good stuff. Try this easy recipe and you'll never reach for canned refried beans again!
Yield: 4 c 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 (1/2 c) servings
Author: Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (2 c) pinto beans, dry (soaked in water for 3-6 hours or overnight*)
  • 1/2 onion, diced (or 1 ½ tsp onion powder)
  • 1 tsp unsalted butter (if using fresh onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, , peeled and chopped (or ½ tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin

Instructions

  • Place soaked beans and quartered onion in a large saucepan. Cover the beans with 1” of water. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil. Simmer the beans until very soft, 45 min - 1 hour, checking occasionally and adding water as needed.
  • If using a fresh onion and garlic, saute the onion and garlic in the butter over medium high heat until lightly golden, 2-3 min.
  • Using a large slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beans to the bowl of your food processor. Add the sauteed onion and garlic (or onion and garlic powder). Add the paprika, salt, and cumin. Process, adding some of the bean's cooking liquid as necessary to achieve a smooth consistency. (You may need up to 1 cup.) (If you have a small food processor, process the beans and seasonings in batches, and mix the batches together in a large bowl, once smooth.)
  • Taste your beans for salt and adjust according to your tastes.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. (The beans will thicken up a bit in the refrigerator, so if you are making them ahead of time, make the mixture slightly thinner than you think you'd like them or keep some of the bean juice to mix into the refried beans when you reheat them to serve.)

Notes

*If you don't have time to soak the beans, all is not lost. Just proceed straight to boiling. Your cooking time will just be slightly longer.
This recipe was updated April 2016. We made a few tweaks to make the beans even better. Enjoy!

 

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Conbot

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

The recipe says "Servings: 16 people"?? That would be ~2 tablespoons per person. Nobody in my family has that much restraint! :)

Sarah Ozimek

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Actually, that would be about 1/4 cup per person. But I hear you on restraint. I just double checked and standard serving size for refried beans is closer to 1/2 c. We can make than adjustment.

Kara

Monday 19th of October 2020

Love this recipe- so flavorful. They are a staple on taco night!

Sarah Ozimek

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

Thank you Kara. So glad you enjoy them!

Dolores

Monday 18th of May 2020

Can you eat refried beans alone?

Sarah Ozimek

Monday 18th of May 2020

We do think they're tasty enough to eat alone, or as a dip for veggies or chips!

JulieD

Monday 28th of January 2013

Ooh I can't wait to make my own refried beans. Thank you!

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