Refried pinto beans

Refried pinto beans

Total Time
25 min
12 min
13 min
Delicious homemade refried beans are one of our favorite things to have on hand, as you can use them in a variety of ways, and they add so much flavor and texture to whatever you serve them with. These beans take just 25 minutes to make from start to finish and feature chopped onion and garlic, cumin seeds, and fresh lime juice. We love their creamy consistency after they're puréed in a blender or food processor. You can pair these beans with fajitas, burritos, or other Mexican dishes, but we love them best in a hearty breakfast taco—there's really no better way to start off your day.


Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Minced onion

¼ cup(s)

Kosher salt

¼ tsp

Jarred minced garlic

1 tsp

Cumin seeds

1 tsp

Canned pinto beans

15 oz, rinsed and drained


½ cup(s)

Fresh lime juice

½ tsp


  1. Coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-low heat. Add onion and salt; cook, stirring often, until onion is very soft, 5-7 minutes. Stir in garlic and cumin; cook 30 seconds. Stir in beans and water; cover and simmer until very soft, 5 minutes. Stir in lime juice.
  2. Puree beans in a blender or food processor until creamy, adding more water as needed.
  3. Serving size: 1/2 cup