Freshly- Made Refried Beans
Make ahead this bean recipe for several meals throughout the week. Great for burritos, tostadas, and for a healthy dip alongside your favorite fresh vegetables.
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 2 cups dry pinto beans, soaked
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups minced onion
  • 5-6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ pepper
  • 1 small green pepper, minced or 1 can green chilis
  1. Cover the beans in water and soak overnight in a large bowl.
  2. The next day drain the beans.
  3. Add the beans and fresh water to cover in a large pot.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 until very soft.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet and add onion, garlic, cumin and salt until onions are soft.
  6. Add the bell pepper or chilis and sauté another 5 minutes. Add pepper to taste.
  7. Turn heat to low add beans and mix well.
  8. Mash with a fork or masher and cook for a few minutes.
  9. Taste for additional cumin, salt, or pepper.
  10. Serve right away, or store in the refrigerator.
If you soak or quick pre-cook the beans, always begin with a fresh pot of water. You may want to reserve a little of the cooked water to add back to the pot while mashing them for extra smoothness.

Beans freeze well.
Recipe by California Greek Girl at