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Vegetarian Refried Beans Recipe

30 minutes Cook
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This vegetarian refried beans recipe is a must-try if you’re looking for a tasty and healthy side dish or filling for your tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. It’s a perfect addition to your vegetarian or vegan menu, and it’s easy to make with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Vegetarian Refried Beans

Vegetarian Refried Beans

This vegetarian refried beans recipe is a delicious and healthy side dish or filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. It's made with simple ingredients like black beans, onion, garlic, and spices, and is easy to make in just 40 minutes. The recipe is vegetarian and vegan-friendly and can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. It's perfect for anyone looking for a tasty and satisfying Mexican-inspired dish that's also nutritious and filling. So, give this recipe a try and enjoy a plate of delicious refried beans with your favorite Mexican dishes.
prep time
10 minutes
cooking time
30 minutes
total time
40 minutes


  • Large skillet or frying pan

  • Potato masher or immersion blender


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) of black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1/4 cup of vegetable broth or water

  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, for garnish (optional)


Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion is translucent.
Add the drained and rinsed black beans to the skillet and stir to combine.
Add the ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, and stir well.
Using a potato masher or immersion blender, mash the beans until they are mostly smooth.
Add the vegetable broth or water and lime juice, and stir until the beans are heated through and have reached your desired consistency.
Adjust seasoning to taste and garnish with chopped cilantro, if desired.
Serve hot with your favorite Mexican dishes.


You can adjust the consistency of the refried beans by adding more or less vegetable broth or water. If you want to make this recipe spicier, add some diced jalapeños or a pinch of cayenne pepper. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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