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Vegan Refried Beans

Homemade Vegan Refried Beans Recipe - Undeniably Delicious!

refried beans

Going through the recipe archives and came across an old time favorite, "Homemade Vegan Refried Beans" that I just have to share with you. You know, refried beans are undeniably delicious when paired with your favorite Mexican and Southwest dishes, but here's the kicker – most of them aren't exactly vegetarian or vegan. It all comes down to how they're made. Traditional recipes often throw in lard or even bacon fat, not to mention the generous sprinkle of cheese. Definitely not vegan, right? Barely vegetarian, and let's face it, they can be a real calorie bomb!

But fret not, my fellow food enthusiasts, because I've got a plant-based twist that's healthier and just as tasty. Yes, you heard that right – we're making guilt-free, lip-smacking refried beans!

This recipe is a breeze and yields around 4 to 6 servings. Pop any leftovers in an airtight container, and they'll stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days. Now, how to enjoy these little gems? Picture this: warm tortillas, a delightful dip, a stellar side dish, or a luscious spread. The possibilities are endless!

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Homemade Vegan Refried Beans Recipe:


  • 2 cans (15 oz each) of pinto beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth (or water)


  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and sauté until translucent.

  2. Add minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute until fragrant.

  3. Stir in cumin, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Cook for another minute to let the spices release their flavors.

  4. Add drained and rinsed pinto beans to the skillet. Mash them with a fork or potato masher, leaving some texture.

  5. Pour in vegetable broth (or water) to achieve your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Continue cooking for 5-7 minutes, allowing the beans to absorb the flavors and thicken.

  7. Adjust seasonings if needed and serve warm with your favorite dishes.

Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving, based on 6 servings):
  • Calories: 180

  • Protein: 7g

  • Fat: 6g

  • Carbohydrates: 27g

    • Fiber: 7g

    • Sugar: 2g

  • Sodium: 480mg

Note: Actual nutritional content may vary based on specific ingredients and cooking methods.

This recipe is a breeze, yielding 6 servings. Toss any extras into an airtight container, and they'll hang out happily in the fridge for up to 4 days. Now, how do you savor these little wonders? Picture warm tortillas, a divine dip, a stellar side dish, or a velvety spread. The options are as limitless as your culinary imagination!

Serving Suggestions:
  1. Taco Tuesday Delight: Spoon the refried beans into warm tortillas, and top with your favorite taco toppings like salsa, guacamole, and fresh cilantro.

  2. Dip It Good: Serve the beans as a delightful dip with tortilla chips or veggie sticks.

  3. Side Dish Excellence: Pair the refried beans with rice, quinoa, or as a side dish to complement your main course.

  4. Spread the Love: Spread the creamy beans on toast or use as a filling for wraps and sandwiches.

refried beans and enchiladas, vegan

Healthy Benefits of the Ingredients:
  1. Pinto Beans: Rich in protein, fiber, and various nutrients, pinto beans promote digestive health and provide a steady energy release.

  2. Onions and Garlic: Packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, these aromatic vegetables support immune function and cardiovascular health.

  3. Cumin and Paprika: These spices not only add flavor but also contribute antioxidants and potential anti-inflammatory benefits.

  4. Olive Oil: A source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, olive oil adds a rich flavor while offering potential cardiovascular benefits.

Ready to explore this journey of homemade vegan goodness? Give the recipe a whirl, and don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments. 🌱✨

Disclaimer: Please note that the provided nutritional values are estimates and may vary based on specific ingredients and preparation methods. Always check product labels for allergen information, and consult with a healthcare professional for dietary advice. This post is meant for informational purposes, and individual dietary needs may differ. Enjoy the recipe responsibly and adapt it to suit your personal preferences and dietary requirements.

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