Quick Refried Beans


Preparation info

  • Servings: Makes

    4 cups

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      20 min

Appears in

Love Your Leftovers

Love Your Leftovers

By Nick Evans

Published 2014

  • About

Want a good side dish for almost any Tex-Mex meal? Refried beans are about as good as it gets. Traditionally, these are made with lard and pinto beans, but there’s no rule. After all, you can mash up or puree almost any bean and it will probably be delicious. For this version, I like to use butter and black beans for a nice twist on the classic. Try these in a burrito or taco. Or just eat them with a spoon!


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • cup minced white onion
  • ¼ fresh jalapeño pepper, diced
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 cups cooked black beans
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper


    1. Add butter to a skillet over medium heat until melted and simmering. Add onion and jalapeño to butter and cook until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Add cayenne pepper and beans and cook for another minute.
    2. Add bean mixture, sour cream, and stock to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If mixture doesn’t blend well, add a bit more stock.
    3. Add bean mixture back to pan and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately!