Best Refried Beans


I used a couple of the other recipes on here for a guideline and did my own thing. It turned out so well that I thought I would share this recipe for the best refried beans. Top with grated cheese if desired. Enjoy with chips, in a burrito, etc.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 50 mins


  • 1 ¾ cups dry pinto beans

  • 1 cup diced yellow onion

  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • cup fire-roasted diced tomatoes

  • ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tapatio®)

  • ¼ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Put the pinto beans in a bowl and cover with 2 inches of water. Soak for 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Transfer the beans to a medium saucepan and cover with water by about 1 inch. Add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, celery seed, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and let cook for 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Use a colander to separate the liquid from the solids. Transfer the solids to a food processor with diced tomatoes, hot sauce, oregano, and cayenne. Blend to desired consistency.


When I made this, I added the spices to the food processor because the first spices weren't enough. I don't know how it would change if you added the cayenne to the beans before you cook them (perhaps they would be more spicy?). However, I would definitely wait until the end to add the oregano, Tapatio, and tomatoes so you don't lose their flavors.

You can save the cooking liquid for a soup base.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

169 Calories
1g Fat
31g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 169
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 295mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 659mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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