Vegetarian Refried Beans

Vegetarian Refried Beans

95 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    4 h 15 m
  • Ready In

    4 h 30 m
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“Traditional vegetarian refried beans that taste great with hardly any fat!”

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Original recipe yields 12 servings



  1. Place the beans in a large saucepan, and cover with an inch of water. Place over high heat, and bring to a boil. When the beans have come to a boil, drain, and return them to the same pot. Cover the beans with 2 inches of water, and stir in 1 tablespoon of garlic, the tomato, cumin, and chili powder. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until the beans are very soft, about 3 hours and 45 minutes, adding water as needed.
  2. Once the beans have cooked, mash them with the remaining tablespoon of garlic, the oil, and salt to taste; use additional water as needed to achieve desired consistency. Place over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve.

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Good. I can't have garlic, so subbed shallots instead. Beans that haven't soaked will be tough. Soak overnight and throw out that water. Replace with fresh water and continue with the recipe. Or bring beans to a boil. Let sit for an hour or two, then toss that water. Use fresh water and proceed with recipe. Or just use canned beans. Changing the water will take the toot out of the beans. Also, be sure not to add the salt until the beans are almost cooked through. If you add it early, the beans will be tough. If using canned beans, you won't need to add salt as there is plenty in the beans already.



I never made refried beans before,wow did this come out great. The taste compared with my favorite beans at the local Mexican Resturant. Used some of the refried beans to make beef and bean enchilidas, great, my husband asked for more!!! I followed the recipe to the letter. It deserves *****

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Falls Gourmet

Wonderful refried beans! And healthy too! I did not add the tomato, otherwise I followed the recipe as it's written. Instead of mashing the beans, I pureed them in the blender to make them nice and smooth just like they are at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 161 cal
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 3.1 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs
  • 25.3 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium
  • 595 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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