Side Dish

Vegetarian Refried Beans {Easy Recipe Using Canned Beans}

vegetarian refried beans

Vegetarian refried beans are perfect for busy weeknight meals or when you want a healthy, meatless side dish for your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex entrees.

Y’all if you’ve tried ready to eat canned refried beans, you may know they’re not the tastiest refried beans.

It’s time to make refried beans on a healthier scale, while still keeping things super simple and easy to make.

We’re still gonna use cans but it’s all about what we do with them that makes these vegetarian refried beans deserve a seat at your next fiesta!

Read on for my super simple, homemade refried beans recipe.

It’s easy to whip up these beans in 15-20 minutes. Also, you can pronounce every ingredient on the list and it’s a gluten-free recipe!

You can top the beans with whatever you like – cheese and green onions are my personal faves!

But no matter how you finish them off one thing is sure – they’re delicious!


What should I make alongside vegetarian refried beans?

I’m so glad you asked!

I love serving these long with our taco quesadillas, basic tacos (of course), slow cooker ranch chicken tacos, chili verde pork burrito, or anything you’d find at your basic taco bar party!

Or, you can serve these straight up with a bag of tortilla chips.

And I think it goes without saying these need to be on your Cinco de Mayo menu, too!

Yield: 4 people

Vegetarian Refried Beans

vegetarian refried beans

This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknight meals or whenever you want a healthy, meatless side dish for your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex entrees.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 16- oz. cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15- oz. can red kidney beans, with liquid
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • Optional: 
½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and season with salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add beans, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes, if using. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through and start to break apart slightly, approximately 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and puree beans with a potato masher until almost smooth.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 305Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 0gSodium 644mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 13gSugar 4gProtein 12g

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