How To: Make Canned Refried Beans Taste like a Restaurant’s

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Turn a can of refried beans into restaurant quality in a matter of minutes! Only two simple add-ins and it’ll feel like you’re eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant, right at home!


Restaurant Style Refried Beans

Mexican food is far and beyond my MOST FAVORITE food.  I never seem to tire of it.  Typically when you ask someone what their favorite restaurant is, it’s something they think of that is really special, like a special occasion type of thing.  Not me.  I always say my favorite little Mexican place.  The margaritas are good, the Dos Equis Amber is cold, the chips and salsa are homemade and the food is FABULOUS!

(plus I don’t have to dress up if I don’t feel like it, no judging, just good food.)


Restaurant Style Refried Beans

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how to make canned refried beans taste like a restaurant

I love how the refried beans at a Mexican place are so creamy and taste so much better than the canned stuff.  Did you know though, that making the canned ones TASTE like the restaurant ones is super duper easy? How do you say easy in Spanish?  — “fácil”




I used to have a friend many years ago that was Mexican, and she was a fantastic cook.  She told me that adding milk to the canned beans was her mom’s secret, and that works, too.  I have to say, though that adding sour cream is even better! It gives them just a slight tang with a smooth creaminess to them.



Restaurant Style Refried Beans

This is one of my MOST POPULAR recipes on my site.  It happened almost instantly.  Who couldn’t love something so very simple??  Only 3 ingredients, and in no time, you will have a piping hot bowl of Restaurant Style Refried Beans.  Top them with cheese, like we do, to make them even better!



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Using this recipe, you can quickly turn these beans into a Restaurant Style Bean Dip!

Serve them up as a side dish or with a bowl of chips for dipping.  Either way, it’s a “ganador” (WINNER) of a recipe! I always buy the Old El Paso Fat-Free Refried beans, they always turn out perfectly, and they are lower in fat and have loads of fiber!  You can even use fat free sour cream and make these even more guilt free!




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How To: Make Canned Refried Beans Taste like a Restaurant's

Whether you serve these refried beans up as a side dish, or a dip, you will love how easy it is to make a can of refried beans TASTE like they came from your favorite Mexican restaurant!
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: How To: Make Canned Refried Beans Taste like a Restaurant's
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 112kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 16 ounce can Refried Beans
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1-3 teaspoons of hot sauce depending on the heat you want
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  • In saucepan on the stove, or in a microwaveable bowl, stir ingredients together and cook until heated through.
  • Top with cheese and serve.
  • *Note: I use fat free beans and fat free sour cream and it works great!*
  • Can also be baked with cheese on top and makes a great (and EASY) dip!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 377mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g

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  1. They are soooo good! My family loved them! So creamy and delicious! I will never make them from scratch again. I served them with Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas, Mexican rice and a lettuce salad. Thank you so much!

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  2. Michaela, I would also like your recipes to my inbox but it would not take it so following your instructions & leaving a note here. I’m very interested in some Mexican recipes similar to our favorites from our favorite Mexican restaurant. Your Refried Beans sound & look so tasty. Thanks

  3. Hi! Can I use plain yogurt instead of sour cream? I have some leftover plain yogurt and I thought that I would use that as a substitute. Thanks! Patrice

  4. Made the consistency of the beans too watery IMO. Taste was nice but ended up adding another can of beans to help. Would not make again…

    1. Interesting. I have never personally had this happen, nor have I had anyone that said that. I supposed it could be just the difference in brands/products used. If you enjoyed the taste, maybe add a little of the sour cream and hot sauce at a time until you personally like the consistency?

  5. Since I’m new to making canned refried beans, what hot sauce do you use? I love how they taste. You’re recipe is spot on. But they could use a kick. Thank you for your recipe and help!!

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