Refried Black Beans

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2020)

Refried Black Beans: Perfectly spiced black beans make a wonderful side dish. Only 5 minutes of prep, the Instant Pot does all the work for you!

refried black beans

Finding alternatives to buying store-bought ingredients is a great way to both keep the cash in your pocket and gain new skills in the kitchen. Who doesn’t love saving a buck or two while trying something new in the process? This refried black beans recipe is designed to do both!

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What Are Refried Beans?

Refried beans are simply a dish of cooked and mashed beans. Many people think “refried” in this case means fried twice. Not true! With refried beans, the word refried is a translation of “refrito” which is the Spanish meaning of “well fried” or “cooked well.”While the refried beans you see in many of your favorite Mexican food dishes are typically pinto beans, you can absolutely sub in your favorite beans. I love black beans so I chose to make refried black beans.

refried black beans recipe

Refried Black Beans Recipe

These homemade refried black beans are a great addition to any meal. We start from scratch here, with a pound of dried black beans. In an Instant Pot: combine the beans, water, Jamaican Jerk BBQ seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt/pepper. Close the lid on the pressure cooker and turn the valve to the sealing position.

You’re going to set it on manual mode (also called Pressure Cook)for 35 minutes. Then naturally release pressure for 25 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure. You can serve these immediately as a side dish, use in recipes calling for black beans. Simple and flavorful!

If you’d prefer a more neutral flavor, feel free to leave out all the spices except for salt. One pound of black beans should serve 8-10 people. Cheap but filling! #MeatlessMonday

What If I Don’t Have an Instant Pot?

No instant pot? No problem! These beans can also be made on the stove top. Soak beans overnight and then simmer in a large dutch oven for 2-3 hours.

If you forgot to soak your beans, you can also add them dry into the crockpot for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.

how to make refried black beans
Can I Use Canned Black Beans?

Wondering how to make refried black beans from canned beans? Keep reading! The whole point of this recipe is to help you use what you have at home.

After you open the can of beans, drain the liquid from the top of the can only. The rest of the liquid will be needed to cook the beans and get them to the desired consistency if you’re going to mash them.

Simply heat up the beans in a saucepan after sautéing some garlic and green chilies. Add cumin, salt, and pepper, along with any other desired spices (also feel free to omit anything you don’t like, such as the chilies). As the beans cook, stir them frequently to keep them from sticking to each other and the pot. If you’d like a different consistency, you can use a potato masher to reach your desired texture. When the beans have thickened and the excess liquid has evaporated, they are done.

What Can I Make With Refried Black Beans?

Refried black beans are great as a side dish. Top with your favorite fixings like cheese, sour cream, or guacamole. You can also use it as a dip with your favorite edible scooping utensil; think crackers, pita wedges, or chips. They also go great with homemade oven-baked entrees like chicken fajitas.

Other ideas include tacos, tostadas, and a layered taco dip.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How to Reheat Refried Beans: The best way to reheat refried beans is on the stove top because you can control the temperature. Be sure to keep stirring to keep the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot. To keep the beans from drying out too much, you can add water or chicken broth one teaspoon at a time.

Don’t let the beans boil, because you don’t want them to be too dry, or to stick to the bottom of the pot. Reheat on medium, for about 3-5 minutes or less.

You can also use the microwave if you’d like. Put the beans in a bowl, cover with a paper towel, and heat at 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval. It may also help to put your microwave on 50% power. You don’t want to suck out all the moisture.

2. How Long Do Refried Beans Last in the Fridge? You should only keep refried beans in the fridge for two or three days.

3. Can you Freeze Refried Beans? Freezing is the best method to keep homemade refried black beans more than a few days. To freeze: place the beans in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags before putting them in the freezer. Refried beans that have been kept constantly frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit will keep safe forever! However, while they are safe to eat for a long time, they maintain their best quality for about two months.

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refried black beans

Refried Black Beans

Refried Black Beans: Perfectly spiced black beans make a wonderful side dish. Only 5 minutes of prep, the Instant Pot does all the work for you!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 195kcal
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  • Combine black beans, water, jerk seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt/pepper in the Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on, and set the pressure valve to sealing.
  • Cook on Manual High Pressure (also called pressure cook) for 35 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 25 minutes. Manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Mash until you reached your desired consistency adding more water as needed. You can also blend if you'd prefer. Season to taste.


Calories: 195kcal
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Wha do you think of these refried black beans? What recipe would you use them in?