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Homemade Refried Pinto Beans

Homemade Refried Pinto Beans

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Homemade Refried Pinto Beans recipe is simple, smoky, flavorful, and delicious! Perfect for snacking or a great addition to meals!


  • 2 cups pinto beans
  • 1/4 cup cooking liquid or filtered water
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet onion (about 1/4 or 1/2 onion, depending on size)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil, or olive oil (or, omit if oil-free)


  • cilantro
  • lime juice


  1. Dice the sweet onions into small pieces (I used my chopper) until 1/2 cup is filled, and mince the garlic. 
  2. Add 2 tbsp of oil (or omit if oil-free) to a small sauce over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic for 5 minutes.  
  3. Add the pinto beans, cooking liquid (if using canned, sub with filtered water (see note*)), and the spices (cumin, chili powder, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper). Mix and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Using the back of a wooden spoon (or, by using a masher), press the pinto beans to mash together. Mix and continue mashing the beans until desired consistency.  If the mixture is too dry, add more water, 1 tbsp at a time.
  5. Remove from heat to cool and top with cilantro and lime juice (optional) and serve immediately. Leftovers to be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for later use. 


I used my favorite chopper to get small pieces of the onion in this recipe. 

  • Category: Sides, Snacks
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired

Keywords: homemade refined beans, refined pinto beans, pinto beans, homemade beans, instant pot beans