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Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! They check all the boxes for me: lots of flavor, tons of texture, super satisfying. I need nothing else.

Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! They check all the boxes for me: lots of flavor, tons of texture, super satisfying. I need nothing else.Fun things you did this week? Tell me. We celebrated Mr. Wishes 39 (again) birthday! A new decade for him! It’s basically officially the end of summer in a couple of weeks so let’s just start doing the whole homemade refried beans and comfort food thing, OK? Because it’s time! It’s really time.

Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! They check all the boxes for me: lots of flavor, tons of texture, super hearty!

I have been SO excited to share this recipe for homemade refried beans with you. I mean, these beans are just to die for! I’m actually annoyed they are not in front of me right now to devour.

Ingredients needed to make the homemade refried beansCooking the onions for the homemade refried beansAdding the spices for the homemade refried beans

Homemade refried beans are wayyyyy better than store-bought. I promise you that they are worth every second of the effort. Even if you are only making them for yourself.

You’re worth the good homemade beans, I’m telling you the truth. they are so easy! They have such simple combination of flavors that yields so much deliciousness. These homemade refried beans taste like a restaurant’s but even BETTER!

Adding the pinto beans to the pot for cooking the homemade refried beans

“Refried” doesn’t mean the beans have been actually fried twice. The word comes from the Spanish name for this dish which is “frijoles refritos”. In Spanish “refritos” translates to “well fried”. You know I’m always good for a random food terminology lesson.

Mashing the beans for the homemade refried beans

You can choose to serve them as a side dish for any Mexican meal, turn them into a dip, or use them in burritos (Chicken and Avocado Burritos), tostadas (Pico de Gallo Tostadas) and quesadillas (Chicken Fajita Quesadillas). Personally, I love to add them to tacos a layer underneath the ground beef. They really have become a staple in our house!

Overhead show of the smashed pinto beans for the homemade refried beans

If you’ve been here following Wishes and Dishes long enough you may remember when I didn’t even like beans…or any vegetable.  I had a huge mental block against them. No clue why. Probably because most of them taste like butt.

Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! They are restaurant-quality!

Times have changed, my good friend! Once you eat some good ones, you will be hooked for life. You’ll get a lot more flavor if you make the beans from scratch, I promise you.

Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! They are even better than at a Mexican restaurant!

And now I can easily say I won’t ever grab baked beans in a can again.  Give me a huge plate of these with Greek Chicken Soft Tacos and a side of Homemade Ultimate Guacamole and I’m good to go!

Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! They taste just like the restaurant refried beans!

Homemade Refried Beans
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 5-6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (15 oz each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup vegetable stock or broth (can use chicken stock)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil and cook onions until soft and translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, cumin and chili powder
  3. Cook about 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant
  4. Add pinto beans and the broth/stock and stir to combine
  5. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes
  6. Remove lid and reduce heat to low, mash beans using a potato masher or fork until desired consistency
  7. Continue cooking for 3-5 minutes
  8. Remove from heat and add lime juice
  9. Add salt to taste, if desired
  10. Serve immediately or store in airtight container in the refrigerator
  11. Add a little water if the beans become a bit dry. Enjoy!
Tip: Add beans to food processor for a smoother consistency, if desired

Authentic Homemade Refried Beans recipe that is so good you will never go back to store-bought! These beans are better than you get at a Mexican restaurant! 

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