Let’s learn how to make refried black beans! Now, I have nothing against a good can of refried beans, but these refried black beans from canned beans are just SO good (and easy) that I’m not sure we can go back. This refried black beans recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and take just 15 minutes to make. I think you’ll love them as much as we do! The black refried beans were originally created for these black bean tostadas, and then we all fell in love with them so much that we started looking for other ways to use them – hence the bean and cheese burritos, black bean quesaritos, and black bean crispy tacos – they are a great side dish to slow cooker salsa chicken or ground beef quesadillas.
I would never want to choose a favorite bean, but if you love black beans as much as I do, then be sure to try my black bean quinoa salad, Cuban black beans and rice, and black bean skillet dinner next time.
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Table of Contents
- What You’ll Love About Black Refried Beans
- How to Make Refried Black Beans from Canned Beans
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storage Instructions
- How to Serve Refried Black Beans to the Whole Family
- How to Use Refried Black Beans
- More Easy Black Bean Recipes
What You’ll Love About Black Refried Beans
- Quick and easy
- Just 15 minutes total time
- Made with just 4 basic ingredients
- Can be used in so many ways
- Naturally vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free
This black refried beans recipe comes together with just a few basic ingredients:
- Olive oil – This is what we’re using to “re-fry” the beans, but you can really use any oil or fat.
- Onion – I’ve used white onion, but you could also use yellow onion or even red onion, though the flavor might change slightly.
- Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves for best flavor or frozen garlic cubes for a quick and convenient option.
- Black beans – Yes, we’re making refried beans from canned black beans! I think it’s a great shortcut. Use high-quality black beans for best results.
How to Make Refried Black Beans from Canned Beans
These are perhaps semi homemade refried black beans. I consider them homemade, but others may not because we’re using canned black beans as a shortcut. Regardless, they are easy to make:
- Cook aromatics. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion until soft. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
- Cook beans. Add beans and some of the cooking liquid to pan. Bring mixture to a simmer, then lower heat and cook, stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Mash beans. Use a potato masher to mash beans to desired consistency and texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with fresh cilantro if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make refried beans with black beans?
Yes, while traditional refried beans are made with pinto beans (and also totally delicious), you can use the same method with really any type of beans. Black beans make excellent refried beans!
How do you spice up refried black beans?
If you want to add some extra flavor to your refried black beans, here are some ideas:
- Spices – Add spices like cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika to the onions sautéing (right when you add the garlic)
- Salsa – Add some salsa into the bean mixture before you mash them. I would start with 1/2 cup but add more to taste.
- Hot sauce – If you’d like to add spice, but maybe not to the whole batch, top your refried black beans with your favorite hot sauce.
How do you make refried black beans from scratch?
Refried beans are exactly what they sound like. Beans that are being fried (cooked again) and then mashed into a paste. So to make them from scratch, you’ll need cooked beans (either canned or dry black beans that you’ve cooked) that you then saute with some fat and some onions and garlic for flavor, then mashed together.
Store the black bean refried beans in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How to reheat
Reheat beans in the microwave or a hot skillet until warmed through.
Can you freeze refried beans?
Yes, you can also freeze these refried black beans in an airtight container for 2-3 months.
How to Serve Refried Black Beans to the Whole Family
I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉
My kiddos LOVE these beans, especially in bean and cheese burritos, but also as a side to steak quesadillas or crockpot salsa chicken.
If your kids aren’t sure about them, start with a tiny portion, a little spoonful or serve a taste on a small “taste tester” spoon before stuffing into burritos or mixing with other foods.
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How to Use Refried Black Beans
There are so many ways to use these refried beans! Here are some ideas:
- Side Dish – These beans make a great side for Mexican-ish dishes like slow cooker chicken burrito bowls, easy fish tacos, or cheater chicken chilaquiles.
- Burritos – These are the best in bean and cheese burritos, but you could also add them to other burritos.
- Quesadillas or Tacos – Stuff these beans into summer vegetable quesadillas, air fryer quesadillas, or breakfast tacos to add some extra-oomph.
- Black Bean Tostadas – This is another favorite way to eat these beans, let everyone make their own tostadas, it’s a great DIY family meal. You can also spread them on turkey tostadas too.
- Dip – Stir in a squeeze of fresh lime juice and scoop up with tortilla chips.
More Easy Black Bean Recipes
If you like this black refried bean recipe, you might also like some of these other easy black bean recipes:
- Slow Cooker Black Beans
- Black Bean Skillet Dinner
- Quinoa Black Bean Salad
- Easy Taco Salad
- Trader Joe’s Pollo Asado Quinoa Bowl
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How to Make Refried Black Beans from Canned Beans
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings (1/2 cup) 1x
- Method: Skillet
You won’t believe how easy it is to make refried black beans at home and they are SO GOOD! Made with just 4 ingredients and ready in 15 min.
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 white onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3–15 oz. cans black beans (drained, but reserve liquid)
- 1 1/2 cups liquid from canned beans
- Heat olive oil in large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan and cook for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add garlic to pan and cook for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
- Drain beans over a bowl to reserve liquid.
- Add beans to pan and combine with onions. Add bean liquid to pan and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low and cook at a low simmer for about 9-14 minutes until most of liquid has evaporated.
- Mash beans to desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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