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Refried Black Beans Recipe

These easy Refried Black Beans make a perfect side dish to go along with all of your Mexican-inspired favorites.  They are loaded with flavor and can be enjoyed plain, as a warm cheesy dip or filled inside enchiladas, tacos, burritos or quesadillas!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Cooking Beans2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 181kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 1 lb Dried Black Beans or 4 cans black beans
  • Water only need if cooking dry beans
  • 2 Tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 2 cups Onions white or yellow, minced
  • 6 cloves Garlic minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 pinch Cayennne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 large Bay Leaves
  • 1 medium Lime juiced
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese


  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • 1 medium Jalapeño sliced


  • To cook dry beans, first pour them into a large bowl and sort out the broken beans. Rinse, drain and add to a large pot. Cover with cool water about 1" above the beans. Place a lid on the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours, or until the beans are soft. (Note: if using canned beans, you can skip this step)  
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large pot, add the avocado oil and heat over medium heat.  Add onion and sauté until golden brown, or about 5-7 minutes.  Add garlic and cook until garlic is soft and tender, or about 2 more minutes.
  • Next, add in the black beans, oregano, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and bay leaves.  Add water until the beans are barely covered and continue to cook on medium heat for 30 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Remove the bay leaves and squeeze lime juice into the beans.
  • Remove bay leaves and squeeze lime juice into the beans.
  • Add beans to the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment and whisk on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until the beans are mashed and at the desired consistency.
  • Transfer the beans to a baking dish and cover with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before topping with sour cream, sliced jalapenos or your other favorite toppings. Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 331IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 2mg