Home-Style Refried Beans Recipe
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Home-Style Refried Beans Recipe

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Lime juice, cumin and cayenne pepper make these beans so tasty, particularly when compared to the canned variety. I like to dress them up with reduced-fat cheese and salsa. —Myra Innes of Auburn, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice

Nutritional Facts

1/3 cup equals 123 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 290 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in the garlic, cumin, salt and cayenne; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add beans and mash. Add water; cook and stir until heated through and water is absorbed. Remove from the heat; stir in lime juice. Yield: 2-2/3 cups.
Originally published as Home-Style Refried Beans in Light & Tasty August/September 2006, p19

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Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"my husband loved this....so easy to make"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Very good! I traded the pinto beans for black beans which gives it a slightly different taste and is a bit healther too!! Yum!! Even my 7 year old liked it!"

Reviewed May. 3, 2011

"I have always cooked my beans in the crock pot & use the electric mixer formashing perfect every time ."

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"I think this recipe might be better with a different type of bean, but consistency might suffer. The pinto taste is sort of "musty", and give this an odd flavor. Black beans may be better, but they are more dry and will not mash as well. I will not likely experiment."

Reviewed May. 4, 2009

"I'm making refried beans tomorrow--I wasn't sure how, so this is great. I am actually cooking dried black beans, which I will substitute for the canned pintos. (My favorite canned refried beans are black & have lime, so I'm thinking this will turn out very similar)."

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