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Black Refried Beans are a delicious homemade Mexican side dish recipe. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. Fast and easy to make for any Mexican meal.
The mashed beans in a bowl with peppers on top

These homemade Black Refried Beans are delicious and an easy side dish for any Mexican recipe!

The mashed beans in a bowl with peppers on top

I have always bought refried beans in a can, and they work just fine. But once I started making homemade refried beans, I was hooked!

Black Refried Beans are SO easy to make and full of flavor. They are also a vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free recipe which makes them flexible for many dietary needs.

A spoon digging into a yellow bowl of Black Refried Beans

Canned versus Dried Beans

I chose to use canned black beans for this recipe.

The traditional way of making homemade refried beans is to use dried beans and cook them first.

While this method is delicious, it also requires more time.

You can easily substitute cooked dried beans in place of the canned beans if desired. Just cook according to package directions before proceeding with this recipe.

Top view of the bowl with ccotija cheese on top

Adjusting Bean Consistency

Another great thing about making your own Black Refried Beans is controlling the consistency.

I personally like my refried beans with a little texture, so I leave a few chunks in there when mashing the black beans

If you want smooth beans, you can puree everything in a food processor or blender.

Thin out the homemade refried beans if desired with a little more stock or water once you have mashed as much as you want.

Black Refried Beans on a wood spoon hovering over the bowl

Flavoring the Beans

I went for simple, classic flavors in these black beans.

The garlic powder is one of my secret weapons in the kitchen, and the cayenne adds just a touch of warmth without it being spicy.

If you want spicy beans, add more cayenne or hot sauce.

You could also add other flavors like green chiles, corn, tomatoes, or jalapenos.

The beans in a yellow bowl with chips and limes around it

Use for the Beans

Refried beans as a side dish is a classic way to eat them.

I also love to use them in tacos, enchiladas, and burritos.

Pin image of Black Refried Beans in a bowl with wood spoon and title at top
The mashed beans in a bowl with peppers on top

Black Refried Beans

Black Refried Beans are a delicious homemade Mexican side dish recipe. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free. Fast and easy to make for any Mexican meal.
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings (3 cups total)
Calories: 158kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Drain and rinse the beans. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat.
  • When hot, add the onion and cook until the onion is translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, garlic powder, cayenne, and salt. Stir to combine and cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  • Add the beans and stock to the pot. Simmer over medium heat 15 minutes for the beans to soften and begin breaking down.
  • Mash the beans with a potato masher to your desired consistency. Add more stock or water to make it thinner and smoother. Serve warm.

Notes

For an ultra smooth bean, process the ingredients in the food processor or a blender. 
The cayenne does not make it spicy but adds to the flavor. For spicy beans, add more as desired to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 468mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
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By on May 5th, 2021

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