Refried Beans Reinvented

9 15 70
Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
5 min 10 min 8
Refried Beans Reinvented
Health Highlights


1 tsp Ghee (or extra virgin olive oil)
1 small White onion (diced small)
1/2 cup chopped Red bell pepper (diced small)
1 can(s) (15oz) Pinto beans, canned (rinsed and drained)
1/2 cup Water
1/4 tsp Cumin (a pinch)
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper (a pinch - optional)
1 pinch Salt (to taste)
1 dash Black pepper (to taste)


Heat ghee in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and pepper and sauté for approximately 4 minutes, or until the onion is opaque. Add beans, water and spices and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the beans have cooked through and softened.

Remove mixture to a food processor or use an immersion blender to blend until the beans are pureed (a few chunks are fine). Season to taste with salt and pepper.


In Tex-Mex cuisine pinto beans are commonly used but feel free to play around with black or kidney beans too!

Although not traditional, I like the addition of onion and red pepper to these beans. If you like a little extra heat, feel free to sauté one small seeded and diced jalapeno with the onion and red pepper.

Serves 6-8.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 70
Calories from fat 10.2
Calories from saturated fat 4.1
Total Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 1.8 mg
Sodium 155 mg
Potassium 185 mg
Total Carbohydrate 12.6 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Sugars 1.1 g
Protein 4.1 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat Alternative 0.3
Vegetables 0.6

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