Kicked Up Refried Beans

Rating: 4.00
By Dave
April 5, 2021

It’s easy to make canned refried beans a whole lot better.

It’s easy to make canned refried beans a whole lot better.

4 from 1 vote
These are party beans.
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp coriander ground
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper fresh
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 28 ounce refried beans
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Queso Fresco cheese


  • Stem, seed and finely chop the jalapeno. In a medium saucepan, sauté the chopped onions until soft. Add the chopped jalapeno and the chopped garlic and sauté for another minute or two. Stir in the cumin, coriander, chili powder, oregano, black pepper and salt.
  • Add the beans and 1/3 cup of water. Stir well. The beans should appear slightly thin. This will help the spices to blend with the beans. Add more water if necessary.
  • Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Top with Queso Fresco and serve.


Refried beans out of the can are just not that exciting.  This is an easy way to add a ton of flavor without a lot of effort.
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Serving: 8ozCalories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 748mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 175IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
Calories: 99kcal
Cost: $6
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: baked beans, garlic, jalapeno, onion, refried, refried beans
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