10 Minute Homemade Refried Black Beans

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Homemade Refried Black Beans ready in 10 minutes! The perfect addition to your family taco nights! Vegan, gluten-free & oil free!

front view of a bowl of Homemade Refried Black Beans recipe

So here I am, a year into bogging and it’s my first time jumping on the “taco tuesday” train. Don’t get me wrong, we eat tacos all. the. time. but I haven’t turned the components of our weekly taco fiestas, like these Homemade Refried Black Beans into actual recipes.

I think it’s because tacos are a fast and easy meal for me!  I can have an entire taco feast on the table in 3o minutes or less, so the thought of adding steps to that process {like actually writing out one of my recipes in a way that YOU can replicate} was less than appealing to my pregnant self. LOL!

However, I had to make these Homemade Refried Black Beans into an official recipe and share it with you…because it’s my second favorite taco ingredient {after guacamole}! These refried black beans are vegan, gluten-free and oil free! They’re the perfect super healthy addition to your taco Tuesday feast!

side view of a bowl of Homemade Refried Black Beans

It’s no secret that I am a veggie lover living amongst carnivores. When I make tacos I always cook ground beef for my tribe, and these Homemade Refried Black Beans for yours truly.

Hence why the whole 10 minutes thing works so well, I can easily cook these at the same time I’m browning the meat or chopping up lettuce! They can also be made ahead and reheated if that’s your jam.

How to make Homemade Refried Black Beans

1. Heat the Seasonings/Broth

Making these is SO easy! Start by heating the seasonings and water (or broth) and whisking well. The goal is to dissolve as much of the seasoning as possible!

2. Add Beans & Mash

Next we add beans, smoosh {yes that’s a technical cooking term around here lol}! Use a potato masher or a fork to mash the beans. The more you mash, the smoother they will be.

We like our beans a little chunky, so I don’t go too crazy with the mashing! If you like them EXTRA smooth, you can toss them in a high-powered blender or food processor!

3. Thicken

The longer these vegan refried black beans sit uncovered, the more they will thicken. So once you reach your desired consistency be sure to cover them with a lid!

Homemade Refried Black Beans: Substitutions

  • Water/broth: I usually use vegetable or chicken broth for extra flavor, but water works great too!
  • Seasonings: I use powdered seasonings but if you’d prefer to sub minced garlic for garlic powder, or sautéed onions for the onion powder you totally can. I am feeding kids so I use the powdered seasonings for a milder and less textured taste!
  • Fresh cilantro: I think it adds a ton to the flavor of these Homemade Refried Black Beans, but if you have little ones who don’t like green in their food, feel free to omit!

Serving Suggestions: 

Overhead view of a bowl of Homemade Refried Black Beans

Here are some of our favorite recipes to serve with these refried black beans!

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10 Minute Homemade Refried Black Beans

Homemade Refried Black Beans ready in 10 minutes! The perfect addition to your family taco nights! Vegan, gluten-free & oil free!
5 from 41 votes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 servings
Calories 48.8
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes



  • In a saucepan over medium heat add water or broth.
  • Add onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add beans and stir well.
  • Bring mixture to a boil.
  • After mixture boils reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 5-7 minutes.
  • During cooking, use a potato masher or fork to “mash” the beans.
  • The more beans you “mash” the less chunky your mixture will be.
  • Continue cooking and mashing until you have reached your desired thickness and consistency.
  • Add chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice and stir to combine.
  • Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes covered (if you leave it uncovered the beans will continue to thicken).
  • Serve warm with tacos!



Calories: 48.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.8g | Protein: 3.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I was very happy with this refried black bean recipe. I am on a low sodium diet. I used low sodium black beans, no additional salt, extra garlic powder and added 1/2 t of salt free chipotle seasoning. Everyone enjoyed these refried beans and nobody realized they were very low sodium. I will use these refried beans on many things. I think the lime juice is a must, really kicks the flavor up. I might use some fresh jalapeño next time. This is a very flavorful, versatile recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting. I needed a replacement for a can of refried beans for baked chicken tacos last night and used your recipe since I already had everything. Thinking this will be the new way I make those tacos now. Really good!

  3. 5 stars
    These are really delicious!! I needed a quick refried bean recipe, and this one really hit the spot!! Super quick and easy, with the perfect balance of flavors. I didn’t add the coriander or cilantro, because I didn’t have either of those ingredients. Thank you sooo much for this amazing, delicious recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    Found your blog searching for a refried bean recipe. Made these with pinto beans
    as it was all I had. Amazing flavor no comparison to the canned version. SO easy to make I used them on our nachos>
    SO glad to have found your website looking forward to trying more recipes. Thank you

  5. 5 stars
    These are *AMAZING* and super easy to make! I am like you, I prefer vegetarian dishes while the rest of my family prefers meaty dishes.

    I did not have coriander, so I used chili powder instead. I made burritos with the beans, cheese and spanish rice (from lilluna.com). I can totally see myself using these beans on all things Mexican: tacos, burritos, rice bowls, quesadillas, enchiladas, taco salad. I love the flavor the lime juice adds!

    So delicious, thank you!