Tex-Mex Refried Beans

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What a coincidence that I came up with this recipe…just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

Although I’m a huge fan of Mexican fare, I don’t make it enough of it around here. (That’s all going to change now that I’ve “perfected” this re-fried beans recipe!).


For some reason, people sometimes equate re-fried beans with being “unhealthy” (maybe because they’re “fried?”) In reality they are sauteed, at least the homemade ones are! Beans are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and in addition their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making them a good choice for individuals with hypoglycemia (yep-that’s me!) and diabetes.

In my opinion, there’s nothing unhealthy about that…and there’s nothing healthier than homemade, right? Why choose store-bought when these are so easy and quick to make (and in my opinion, much tastier)?


Cumin (one of my favourite spices) adds a smokey flavour to the beans while the chili powder gives them that Tex-Mex flare, not to mention the parsley that adds a hint of freshness.

These were a bit hit with the entire family…I made some cheesy refried bean quesadillas for my husband, son, and I…and my daughter literally ate them by the spoonful!


(Yields about 2 cups)
1 garlic clove, finely minced or halved
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 pepper (colour of choice), finely diced
1 tbs. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1 can of kidney or black beans, drained
2/3 cup distilled water or organic vegetable broth
1-2 tbs. fresh parsley or coriander, finely minced

Saute garlic, onion, and pepper in a large saucepan on medium heat for 5-7 minutes or until translucent.

Add the vegetable broth and spices and bring to a boil on high heat. Once boiling, add the beans and simmer (uncovered) for about 10 minutes until the beans are softened.


Mash the beans directly in the pot with a potato masher. If you prefer “soupier” beans remove immediately from the heat.


If you prefer a thicker consistency, continue to cook for another 7-10 minutes until almost all the liquid has evaporated.


Garnish with fresh parsley and/or add a dollop of Greek yogurt or sliced avocados.


Serve with tortilla chips, with nachos, or as a condiment in quesadillas.



  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    This looks so yummy :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks…it’s such a simple recipe but SO flavourful!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      It is! So much better than store-bought (at least I think so!)

  • monica

    I can see this being a big hit with my entire family too! I’m going to make it. Yum Yum.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I think you’re going to love it…would love some feedback when you try it!