Easy Homemade Refried Beans

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Traditional, homemade refried beans in minutes.  Top them with cilantro if you desire — add them in or serve them as a side to your favorite Mexican dishes,  or even bake them up with some cheese for a delicious bean dip.  

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

It’s time once again for our Freaky Friday blog hop!

I am super excited to share this recipe with you, it’s from my friend, Michelle’s blog, A Dish of Daily Life.  I have wanted to make it ever since she shared it back in September.

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

It’s no secret how much I love Mexican food.  Tacos are like their own food group in my mind.  I wish I would have been able to share this recipe with you last week, for Cinco de Mayo — but alas, that isn’t how Freaky Friday works.

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

We get our assigned pages and get to drool over their recipes for a couple of months before we reveal what we made.  All of us will share our recipes today, at the very same time, and our readers get not only the one we are sharing but thirteen other recipes from some of my favorite blogger friends!

I think it’s time I told you about my friend, Michelle and her blog,  A Dish of Daily Life.  I have made recipes from her before.  Her Four Cheese Roasted Garlic Bread and her Creamy Tomato Seafood Bisque recipes certainly did not disappoint.  As a matter of a fact, the Seafood Bisque is consistently one of my most pinned recipes on Pinterest!

This go around, I knew I was going to make her Refried Beans.  However, I had to snoop around her delicious website just to add some other recipes to my “to make list.”   Recently, she shared this  Ham, Brie, Apple and Spinach Panini with Homemade Honey Mustard — holy smokes! That’s a sandwich I can get behind, how about you?  Her Salsa Verde recipe looks ‘muy bueno’ and these Spicy Muffin Tin Crab Cakes with Old Bay Remoulade need to get in my kitchen (and my belly) pronto!  Michelle is always sharing something yummy I need to make.  Don’t forget to pop over and visit her, see just what she’s got cooking in her kitchen!

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

This recipe comes together in minutes.  Simply saute some onion in vegetable oil (or bacon grease) until it’s translucent.  Add in your spices.

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

Add in canned pinto beans, and beef stock, bring to a boil and let cook for about 5 minutes.  Grab your masher and mash them to your desired consistency.

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

Look at them!! How yummy!

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

Chop up some fresh cilantro and get ready to dig in!

I love growing my own herbs, how about you?  These herb scissors are one of my most used gadgets.  Get yourself a pair and see how great they are!

Easy Homemade Refried Beans

I followed Michelle’s recipe fairly closely.  Only changed up a couple of things.  Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?

Easy Homemade Refried Beans in a festive bowl
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Easy Homemade Refried Beans

Traditional, homemade refried beans in minutes. Top them with cilantro if you desire -- add them in or serve them as a side to your favorite Mexican dishes, or even bake them up with some cheese for a delicious bean dip.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Easy Homemade Refried Beans
Servings: 6
Calories: 323kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil or bacon grease
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more to taste
  • 3 15.5 ounce cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups beef stock can also sub chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves chopped (optional)
  • salt to taste


  • Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Saute onion until translucent.
  • Add cumin seed and chili powder; stir spices in with onions.
  • Add in pinto beans and beef stock, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and mash to desired consistency. Stir in cayenne pepper and salt to taste.
  • Add in desired amount of cilantro.
  • Serve.


Adapted from: A Dish of Daily Life


Serving: 1g | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 743mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

I actually made TWO of Michelle’s recipes! The second recipe I made were her PB&J Bars with Strawberry Jam — I switched them up though and used grape jelly — just the way I have to have my peanut butter sandwiches! (that and an ice cold glass of milk!)

PB&J Oatmeal Cookie Bars
PB&J Oatmeal Cookie Bars – Click the photo for the recipe.


Freaky Friday Spring 2017

Take a moment to browse all of the deliciousness my blogger friends made:

Check out more AMAZING Freaky Friday recipes below!

An Affair from the Heart – Easy Homemade Refried Beans

Take Two Tapas – Pineapple Hummus with Smoked Paprika

LeMoine Family Kitchen – Sausage Hash Brown Nests

Full Belly Sisters – Blueberry Dutchbaby

Who Needs a Cape? – French Onion Salisbury Steak

Plattertalk – Lemon Loaf Cake

Hostess at Heart – Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

Life Currents – Blue Cheese, Fig, and Caramelized Onion Palmiers

Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish – Baked Lemon Glazed Donuts

Bowl Me Over – Southwest Chicken Salad Bowl

A Dish of Daily Life – Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Aunt Bee’s Recipes – Summer Corn Salsa

A Kitchen Hoors Adventures – Bourbon Banana Bread

Seduction in the Kitchen – Honey Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

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  1. Well the good thing is you don’t need Cinco de Mayo to enjoy Mexican food! 🙂 We eat it at least once a week! And these refried beans are definitely one of my go-to recipes! I’m so glad you made them! And I love those PB&J Bars too!

  2. Seriously, refried beans made at home are so easy and so much better then anything from a can! The flavors in these sound just awesome!

  3. What a yummy dish you have prepared here! We adore refried beans and I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t even know you could make them at home!! I especially love the addition of cilantro that you used; can’t wait to give this one a try soon! Thanks for sharing another mouthwatering dish!

  4. This recipe has been on my must make lists too and your version came out beautifully! I love refried beans and will be trying this one.

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