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The Best Refried Beans with Fresh Salsa

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These Mexican homemade beans are the best refried bean I have eaten. These Mexican refried beans are so quick you will have then on your table in under 20minutes when using precooked beans. They are naturally gluten-free, totally plant based and taste so much better than anything out of a can.

The Best Refried Beans with Fresh Salsa

These Mexican inspired refried beans are totally healthy and delicious. They are the perfect side dish, great added in a tortilla wrap or used as a tasty dip.
Servings 6
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins


  • Frying pan




  • 2 tbsp high quality plant oil
  • 1 medium brown onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Chilli vary to desired heat
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 1/2 Fresh squeezed lime juice or lemon
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper cracked


  • 1 tbsp corriander leaf chopped
  • 1 tbsp preserved jalapeno whole or diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced


COOK THE BEANS (or use 500g pre-cooked or canned beans). I cook the beans in large 500g batches then use half and put half in freezer in the original bag to use later.

  • Add the beans to a pot with 1 litre of stock. Add half the Cumin, Oregano and Chilli. Bring to the boil and reduce the heat to simmer for 1 ot 1½ hours or until soft.


  • Heat 1 tablespoonof the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and sauté another minutes or two.
  • Add in the borlotti beans, veggie stock, chili, cumin and oregano, and mix well. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer.
  • Remove from the heat and use a potato masher or a wooden spoon to mash the beans. Keep mashing to your preferred texture. You can puree in a food processor to make them really smooth but I prefer to do this manually.
  • Stir in the remaining tablespoon of oil. Taste and season the beans with lime juice, salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve warm, topped with any garnishes you might like.
Calories: 121kcal
Course: Starters and Side Dishes


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 36mg | Kilojoules: 506kJ

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