Low-Fat Refried Beans Recipe

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Writes field editor Kitty Shelton from her Ketchum, Idaho kitchen, "A local Mexican restaurant shared this recipe with me. It's so simple and tasty you'll never go back to canned refried beans."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) dried pinto or red beans
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 to 4 drops hot pepper sauce

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 180 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Place beans in a Dutch oven; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain beans; discard liquid. Return beans to pan; add water to cover. Add onion and garlic; bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat for 2 hours or until beans are very tender, adding water to keep covered if needed. Discard onion and garlic. Mash beans with a potato masher, leaving some beans whole. Stir in cumin and hot pepper sauce. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Low-Fat Refried Beans in Taste of Home August/September 1998, p17

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2013

"Very good results. makes enough to freeze some."

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