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Refried Black Beans

Easy Refried Black Beans

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


These refried black beans can be made in just a few minutes by using canned beans! They’re a great vegan-friendly side dish for your next taco night.


Units Scale
  • 2 15oz cans black beans
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Use a colander to drain the black beans over a bowl in order to reserve the liquid.
  2. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder and heat over medium heat for one minute.
  4. Add the black beans and cook over medium heat stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved bean liquid and use the back of a fork to mash the beans gently. Continue to cook until beans are heated through.
  6. Add additional bean liquid until you reach the desired consistency.
  7. Stir in lime juice, season with salt, and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.