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Learn how to make refried beans at home with this deliciously easy recipe from ShelfCooking.com!

Homemade Refried Beans

So easy, tasty, and CHEAP!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Tbsp oil or butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans pinto beans, rinsed
  • ½ cup stock or broth
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • Handful of cilantro for garnish


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil or butter in a pan and saute the onion and garlic until fragrant and onions are clear.
  • Add in beans, seasonings, and vegetable stock and heat until warm.
  • Once warm, remove from heat. Use a potato masher or a fork to mash your beans. If you like them super smooth, use a blender.
  • Add in the remaining tablespoon of oil or butter and season to taste with salt, pepper, and lime juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro and ENJOY!
Keyword cheap, easy, quick