Foodie Friday: Healthy Refried Beans!

Happy Friday! I’m linking up again this week with Annemarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Cassandra from Powered by Bling, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Montana from Pretty Lil Mudder to bring you healthy recipes. This week’s theme is “Heritage Appreciation”. Please be sure to check out their recipes and feel free to add yours as well.

Well, my heritage is not Hispanic but in honor of Heritage Appreciation, I wanted to share a heritage recipe that comes from Sylvia, a great friend of mine. She let me in on the secret of using the canned beans and I added the spices.

Healthy Refried Beans

2 cans of pinto beans (no salt added is best)
1 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1. Heat oil in nonstick pan
2. Once oil is hot, add entire contents of bean cans (don’t drain)
3. Cook beans on medium heat for about 10 minutes
4. Mash beans with a potato masher until about 2/3 of the beans are mashed (I like to have some whole beans in my mixture but if you like your refried beans smooth, mash all the beans)
5. As the mixture thickens, add cheese and spices
6. Remove from heat and serve hot

I love to serve these beans as part of a taco salad. Feel free to adjust the spices to fit your tastes. I like mine pretty mild so you may need more red pepper flakes, etc.


Okay, I think we can all agree it’s nearly impossible to make refried beans look tasty in a picture but I promise they taste good 🙂

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18 Responses to Foodie Friday: Healthy Refried Beans!

  1. I never realized making your own refried beans was so easy! This recipe sounds delicious!

    • Em says:

      Lauren, I never knew how easy they were before my friend shared her recipe! They’re so simple and I love that I can season them any way I like.

  2. Skye says:

    Definitely not one of the most photogenic foods! Tasty though.

  3. Farrah says:

    hahaha, agreed! I think it’d take something short of a miracle to make refried beans pretty, but it’s a-okay! We all know it still tastes awesome. :]

  4. Esther says:

    This is the best recipe I have seen for refried beans! I need to make some and add have them the next time I make taco salad!
    You are so right that it is hard to make them look good, but they are yummy 🙂

  5. I didn’t know it was so easy to make your own! I usually buy the already made version which I’m sure is loaded with sodium! I’ll try this next time 🙂

  6. Annmarie says:

    Definitely going to try this recipe out! I have never made my own refried beans but this looks super tasty!

  7. I had no idea refried beans could be so easy to make yourself. I eat Amy’s Organic ones all the time. Now I’m gonna have to try it on my own!

  8. Wow, I love this! I’ve always bought mine in can and this recipe really sounds easy, thanks for sharing:) I love mexican food, in fact because my garden is overflowing right now with tomato’s peppers and onions. I have been making lots and lots of salsa, and refried beans would go great with it one night this week:)

    • Em says:

      Oh, homemade salsa sounds delicious! My garden hasn’t done very well this year but I’m hopeful it will perk up this fall!

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