Refried Beans- Vegetarian


Refried beans is very easy and quick to make but also very flavorful. It makes perfect side dish to any Mexican dish and is also part of recipes like Tostatdas, Burritos, Nachos and many more. The best part of this recipe is that it is very easy to make from scratch. The hardest part is probably chopping onions as it makes us cry or stirring till we have desired consistency but believe me, the effort is worth it!


Pinto Beans- 1 and 1/2 cups

Oil- 2 tablespoon

Garlic- 2 tablespoon chopped finely

Onion- 1 cup, chopped finely

Paprika or Red Chilli Powder- 1 teaspoon

Dried Oregano- 2 teaspoon

Salt as per taste

  • First take dried Pinto beans in a bowl and soak them in water for 8-10 hours.
  • After 8 hours, pressure cook soaked beans for 4 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely and then ope. Beans should be mushy.
  • Heat a wide bottom pan on medium heat and add 2 tablespoon oil to it. 
  • Add chopped garlic and fry for a minute till the rawness of garlic is gone.
  • Then add chopped onions and stir fry till light brown in color.
  • Then add cooked beans to these onions. Make sure to strain the beans and save the water for later use.
  • Mix the beans and mash them gently with the spatula.
  • Add salt, paprika/ red chilli powder and dried oregano to the beans.
  • Mash using masher or a ladle.
  • Add some water from the beans and mix well and continue stirring.
  • Add water as required and cook then beans stirring frequently so that the beans don't stick the bottom of pan.
  • Stop cooking once the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Top it with some sliced jalapeños or some cheese and enjoy them warm with some Tortilla Chips or stuff it in the Burritos or layer the over Nachos. 
  • Adjust the consistency as per the dish. For Nachos and Burritos, we will need beans to be little thick.
  • Enjoy!
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