Easy Refried Beans

Easy Refried Beans

Quick and easy homemade refried beans! These beans are soft, flavorful, and good enough to eat all by themselves!


about 2 cups


2 cups cooked pinto beans*
2 tablespoons oil
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped green pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
~1/2 cup water, as needed
Salt, to taste
Your favorite hot sauce, to taste
Chopped fresh cilantro, optional


1. Heat heavy skillet or pan (I use cast iron) over medium heat. Add oil, then add beans, garlic, onion, pepper, and cumin. Cook and stir, mashing with a spoon or spatula as you stir and adding a little water as needed.

2. Cook until beans are hot and as smooth as desired (I like mine chunky!). Add salt to taste and a few splashes of hot sauce along with freshly chopped cilantro if desired.

Serve hot with tortilla chips for dipping, or use in any recipe calling for refried beans.

Easy refried beans

Additional Notes: 

*You can follow the cooking instructions on a bag of pinto beans, or see my instructions for cooked pinto beans here. I almost always use my slow cooker to cook a big batch of beans, because they turn out perfectly tender that way!

Easy refried beans

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes

Cooking Time: 

15-20 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

Canned refried beans from the store are tasteless and pasty. These fresh, homemade refried beans are delicious enough to eat plain, right off the spoon!

Read more about this recipe at my blog post about refried beans.


Do you add bacon grease to ur refried beans? I use it in my pinto beans when i cook them then a bit more for refried ones. Never thought of adding the hot sauce to the beans. I will have to try that. bless ya

From Tammy: No, because we don't eat pork. :)


This is my go to recipe for homemade refried beans. Once you make these you will NEVER want to use the canned ones ever again.


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