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Refried beans topped with slice of jalapeno and crumbled queso fresco.
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5 from 3 votes

Refried Beans (or Frijoles Refritos)

Homemade Refried Beans (Frijoles Refritos) is one of the easiest and yummiest Mexican foods to make. This creamy and vegetarian recipe makes a perfect side dish to any meal.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time9 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2 cup
Calories: 399kcal



  • In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil
  • Add the garlic and clove.
  • Stir constantly for 1 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Add the beans, bean broth, cumin, and bouillon.
  • With a potato masher, mash all the ingredients until the texture is like a puree.
  • Taste for good measure. Add salt, if desired.
  • Add desired toppings.
  • Enjoy.


You can use canned beans instead of freshly cooked beans. 
Instead of bean broth, you can use:
  • Water + chicken bouillon
  • Chicken broth
  • Vegetable broth
You can use black beans instead of pinto beans. 
  • Refried beans last 3-4 days in the fridge.
  • Refried beans last up to 6 months in the freezer.
Swap the chicken bouillon for 1 tspn salt for a completely vegetarian recipe.  


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 6mg