A staple dinner at my house is Tacos with Mexican Rice (boxed) and Refried Beans (canned). The refried beans always come out of the can in the complete shape of the can and don’t look appetizing at all. One day I was working on dinner and realized that I didn’t have any refried beans, but I did have a can of black beans. I decided to try making homemade refried black beans.

Homemade Refried Black Beans

I had no idea that refried beans were so easy to make! Only 2 ingredients, a few seasonings and a little elbow grease and I had homemade refried beans in about 10 minutes.

Homemade Refried Black Beans Recipe


1 can of black beans

About 3 T olive oil

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder


Homemade Refried Black Beans

Drain your can of black beans and place them in a large ziploc bag. This is my favorite way to crush anything for a recipe, because it is so easy and clean up is nonexistent. Use a heavy can or meat pounder to smash the beans.

Once the beans are smashed, transfer them to a medium sized bowl. I used a fork to mix them up some more. Add your olive oil in a tablespoon at a time until you get to a consistency you like. It was about 3 Tablespoons for me. Then add your seasonings to taste – salt, pepper and a generous amount of garlic powder.

Then just heat and serve. Serve them as a side dish with tacos, as your base in some Mexican Pizzas or even as a dip with tortilla chips.

I liked that my refried beans have bits of the skin of the beans – it made them more rustic and “homemade” than the smooth canned variety.

I used this recipe when I made my Weeknight Dinner Mexican Pizza, and it really elevated them to another level.

Homemade Refried Black Beans

Homemade Refried Black Beans


  • 1 can black beans
  • 3 T olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt


  1. Drain your can of black beans and place them in a large ziploc bag.
  2. Use a heavy can or meat pounder to smash the beans.
  3. Once the beans are smashed, transfer them to a medium sized bowl.
  4. Add the olive oil in a tablespoon at a time until you get to a consistency you like.
  5. Add the seasonings to taste - salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  6. Heat and serve.
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9 Comments on Homemade Refried Black Beans

  1. Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    May 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm (2 years ago)

    You know what, I’ve never even thought to make my own refried beans LOL This is great! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend, and that we see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂

    • Kristen Miller
      May 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you

  2. Debbie
    May 22, 2015 at 9:26 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Kristen, I’ve always wondered what refried black beans are and now I know…But they aren’t fried? So now I’m puzzled!

    We do eat beans, so I will be trying this simple recipe out. Not sure I can find black beans here, but will find a substitute.


  3. Erin
    May 22, 2015 at 8:43 am (2 years ago)

    My son LOVES black beans! I’ll be trying this recipe 🙂

  4. Evija
    May 22, 2015 at 3:32 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party.. Never made this, but definitely will have to give it a go now I have seen this recipe, thank you for sharing! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  5. Lauren @ Mom Home Guide
    May 16, 2015 at 9:14 am (2 years ago)

    I never tried making refried beans before, either! I will have to try this.

  6. Sarah Koontz {Grounded & Surrounded}
    May 12, 2015 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    This is so simple, yet such an important recipe for any mom to have in her toolbox. I haven’t ever made re-fried beans, but now that I know how simple it is….I am definitely going to have to try.


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