Easy homemade refried beans

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Easy homemade refried beans - these are super easy to make, and are way cheaper than the shop-bought version!

I’ve told you before how much I looove refried beans. I usually just buy a tin (these are my absolute favourite!), but since I do enjoy a bit of a dabble in the kitchen, I thought I’d make my own for a change. I figure you should make everything from scratch at least once so you can make an educated decision about whether or not it’s worth it.

So far I’ve decided that it’s totally not worth it for me to make bread or cake from scratch, because I pretty much end up tearing my entire head of hair out every time. I’ve not yet tried pasta or ice cream. Buuut, I’ve decided that homemade refried beans are a very, very good idea.

Easy homemade refried beans - these are super easy to make, and are way cheaper than the shop-bought version!

Firstly, they’re cheaper (always an important factor…)! A tin of refried beans usually costs something like £1.50 – which is about three times the cost of a tin of normal black beans. You do have to add a bit of onion, garlic, and some spices when you make your own, but the cost of those is negligible.

(PS: if you cook your beans from dried, your refried beans will be even cheaper still… but since I’m usually going for something quick and easy, I prefer to use the tinned version)

Easy homemade refried beans - these are super easy to make, and are way cheaper than the shop-bought version!

Secondly, these homemade refried beans are really, really simple to make. It’s not like homemade bread or pasta, which will have you slaving away in the kitchen for (what seems like) ages – you can have your own refried beans made up in about fifteen minutes (ten if you’re a super quick chopper).

And, last but definitely not least, these beans were amazing – just as good as my favourite shop-bought version, if not better. I left the beans out to cool for a while after making them because I didn’t need them until a bit later in the day – and I’d say a good 10% of the batch got eaten straight out of the pan through the afternoon. Hot or cold, they’re the sort of thing I could just sit and eat with a spoon.

I didn’t, though.

(next time I’ll show you what I did with them, in case you don’t believe me…)

Easy homemade refried beans - these are super easy to make, and are way cheaper than the shop-bought version!

Easy homemade refried beans

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Becca Heyes


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 x 400g tins black beans 240g each when drained, drained but not rinsed
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh coriander to serve


  • Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and add the onion and garlic. Cook over a medium-low heat for 5 minutes, until soft and translucent but not coloured.
  • Add the spices, and cook for a further 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the drained tins of black beans, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook for around 5 more minutes, stirring regularly, until the beans are very soft (if the mixture looks too dry, just add a splash of water). Coarsely mash the beans with a potato masher or the back of a fork.
  • Season to taste, and serve garnished with fresh coriander.

Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on your exact ingredients. Please calculate your own nutritional values if you require accuracy for health reasons.

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  1. I imagine refried beans – not a favourite of mine, I regret to say – are one of the few things that are worth buying a tin of beans for. The other is home-made hummus. For all other dishes, I do prefer using dried beans, which have such a much nicer taste and texture. They really are worth it.

  2. I prefer home made refried beans to the ones in cans or pouches. Have you discovered M&S Roasted Mexican Spices? It’s a fabulous mix and works well with a similar recipe. I’ll give yours a go some day.

  3. I grew up in Florida and there is a profound culinary influence from Mexico and Cuba, with variations of refried beans in so many dishes. Most people buy the Mexican and Cuban brands but I so agree that homemade can be just as good and maybe better. I tend to make refried with pinto beans but black beans are super too. Lovely recipe. Definitely a food to eat with a spoon!

  4. I completely agree that we should try making things from scratch at least once just to see if it’s worth it or not, I love refried beans but have always bought a tin instead of making them. I think I’ll be adding them to my ‘from scratch at least once’ list!