Spicy Refried Beans Recipe
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Spicy Refried Beans Recipe

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Need a quick appetizer? All you need is a can of refried beans, jalapeno pepper, seasonings and cheese. Serve with tortilla chips on the side for scooping. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 95 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 212mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. In a large skillet, saute the onion, jalapeno and garlic in oil for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in the beans, water, hot pepper sauce, cumin, chili powder and cayenne. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until heated through. Transfer to a serving bowl; sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 2 cups.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Spicy Refried Beans in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p224

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veggiemama User ID: 4640590 219049
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2015

"This was pretty good!"

aowen User ID: 7434624 165559
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"I made this for a work luncheon and everyone loved it. Although I tripled some of the items. Kept 1 sm onion, did 1 1/2 jalapeno, 3 cans beans and tripled the spices. On the hot pepper sauce all I had in the cabinet was habanero sauce so I used that. Again a big hit for spicing up a can."

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