Healthy Refried Black Beans

An easy Refried Black Beans recipe loaded with flavor and ready in less than 25 minutes! It’s incredibly simple, so you don’t need a lot of time or energy to do it, and the flavor is just so good. 

This beans recipe is plant-based, vegan, gluten free and totally delicious!

A white bowl with refried black beans.
These refried beans are healthy!

I love having refried beans at home at all times since I can make a quick meal with them in no time! Beans are a staple dish in any Mexican household.

I always make a big batch of Pinto Beans and freeze them to have them handy. But sometimes I feel like something different and this recipe is perfect for that! These black beans (frijoles negros in Spanish) go perfect with any meal like tacos dorados, inside taquitos, with Mexican Red Rice and even just with Tortilla Chips!

A bowl of black beans with chips on the side
This Refried Black Beans recipe is very easy to make

Ingredients

To “refry” these beans I’m using low oil in order to keep them healthy plus the extra fat is not necessary. The other ingredients give so much flavor already and make this recipe just perfect!

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped purple onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced jalapeño
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (2 medium garlic clove)
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed, reserve ½ cup liquid from can.
  • ½ tsp each: kosher salt, ground cumin, chili powder and ground coriander. if using regular table salt, use ¼ of a teaspoon.
  • 1 tsp minced lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime)
All ingredients on a wood cutting board.

How to Make Refried Black Beans

Heat oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat; add the onion, jalapeño and garlic. Saute vegetables until tender.

A white skillet sauteing onions, and chopped jalapeños.

Add half of the beans to the onion mixture, mashing with a potato masher until slightly chunky.

A white skillet sauteing onions, jalapeños and adding whole black beans.
Smashing frijoles with a potato masher.

Mash the beans to your desired consistency

Stir in the remaining beans, salt, zest, cumin, chili powder and coriander.

A white skillet with black beans and seasonings on top.
  • Heat on low until beans are warmed through, about 15 minutes .
  • Stir in lime juice before serving.
A white skillet with refried black beans.

More ways to serve these Refried Black Beans:

  • On Tostadas topped with lettuce, homemade salsa and plant-based queso.
  • Make Tlacoyos.
  • Make refried beans quesadillas (just fill a flour or corn tortilla with plant-based queso and these beans).
  • As a bean dip.
Table setting with a bowl, a small cutting board with avocado and two blue glasses.

FAQ

What are the calories in Refried Beans?

The carbs in refried beans are healthy carbs as this legume is high in fiber.

Are refried beans healthy?

Refried beans are healthy when the oil and fatty ingredients are kept at minimum. Beans themselves are highly nutritious; high in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, plus many more and also support heart health.

How do you say Refried Beans in Spanish?

Refried beans in Spanish is “frijoles refritos” and black beans mean “frijoles negros”.

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A bowl of black beans with chips on the side

Easy Refried Black Beans

Servings 4 cups
Ana Frias
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
An easy Refried Black Beans recipe loaded with flavor and ready in less than 25 minutes! It’s incredibly simple, so you don’t need a lot of time or energy to do it, and the flavor is just so good. 
4 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped purple onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced jalapeño
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (2 medium garlic clove)
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed, reserve ½ cup liquid from can.
  • ½ tsp each: kosher salt, ground cumin, chili powder and ground coriander. if using regular table salt, use ¼ of a teaspoon.
  • 1 tsp minced lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime)

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat; add the onion, jalapeño and garlic. Saute vegetables until tender.
  • Add half of the beans to the onion mixture, mashing with a potato masher until slightly chunky; stir in the remaining beans, zest, cumin, chili powder and coriander.
  • Heat on low until beans are warmed through, about 15 minutes . Stir in lime juice before serving.

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1cup | Sodium: 656mg | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 12g | Calories: 225kcal | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 12g | Carbohydrates: 33g

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A bowl refried black beans garnished with avocado and tortilla chips.

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  1. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed these refried black beans on a tostada! I topped it with avocado and homemade salsa. Yum!