How To Make Canned Refried Beans At Home

Beans are a great source of protein, fiber, and iron. They also help you to stabilize blood sugar. I will be sharing today a recipe for canned refried beans. Not only is the recipe quick to make, but you will also obtain different health benefits from it.

Restaurant style refried beans

The prefix ‘Re’ in refried has its origin in the Spanish language meaning ‘again’. The foremost part of making canned refried beans is “mashing”. Canned refried beans are is a food item that I can eat every day. Making this recipe at your home is quite easy.

To make canned refried beans, take a saucepan, add olive oil, onion, and garlic, stir until tender. In the same saucepan, add beans, cumin, chili powder, lime, and salt. Stir the mixture over medium-high heat until smooth. Then, remove from the stove and mash the beans. Finally, your canned refried beans are ready to eat. 

Turn your homemade canned refried beans into restaurant-style beans with the simple recipe. All you need to do is go to the recipe card, check out the detailed instructions and ingredients. You can also explore this similar video for the recipe.

Tasty canned refried beans

Canned Refried Beans Recipe

Canned refried beans recipe is the perfect side dish that you can serve to your guests. It just needs a few pantry staples to boost the flavor and make it super creamy.
4.10 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6
Calories 51 kcal


  • 1 Saucepan
  • Spatula


  • 3 (15 ounce can) Refried Beans
  • ½ White Onion (finely diced)
  • 2 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • Salt (to taste)


  • Take a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Add olive oil, onion and garlic to the saucepan.
  • Stir until tender, over medium-high heat.
  • Add beans, and mix thoroughly with the onion and garlic. Stir until smooth.
  • Then add cumin, chili powder, lime and salt. Stir to mix.
  • Remove the saucepan the stove and mash the beans till you get the desired consistency.
  • Top it up with cilantro, and cotija cheese if desired.



You can keep these refried beans for up-to 5 days in the fridge. Keep tightly covered.
You can use both pinto and black beans. But, I like to use pinto beans because these are the best beans for making refried beans. They are super creamy and almost buttery in flavor. 
If you want to spice up your beans, you can add finely chopped jalapeno peppers along with your onions and garlic.
You can also add a tablespoon or two of diced green chilies.
White onion or yellow onion both will work.
You can use 2 tablespoons of butter instead of olive oil.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword Canned refried beans, Creamy beans, Mexican cuisine
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