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Home-Style Refried Beans

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
    2-2/3 cups


  • 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


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

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 22, 2019

    This turned out good. I used dry pinto beans and cooked them myself. I opted to leave the beans a litle coarser when mashing them for something different.

  • rbloom915
    Jan 11, 2014

    my husband loved easy to make

  • happyian
    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!

  • outlawsgal
    May 3, 2011

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

  • AlabamaStoneThrower
    Oct 21, 2010

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  • badkitty1116
    Jun 16, 2010

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  • ndb110
    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.

  • LynneM
    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).

  • PENNAgrits
    Feb 25, 2009

    sounds like a great alternative to canned ones (many brands have lard in them) - I can't wait to try this!

  • justmbeth
    Nov 12, 2008

    Very flavorful...a great change from canned.