The Easiest Refried Black Beans

refried black beans in a bowl

Easy refried black beans made in under 15 minutes with canned beans, are a weeknight staple to go with all of your Mexican food favorites! (vegan, gluten-free, nut-free)


  • 1 tsp olive oil (can also use avocado or canola oil)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Up to 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Juice from 1/2 lime


  1. Heat oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan. Add beans and mash with a potato masher or fork.
  2. Stir in spices, lime juice, and desired amount of water. I start with about 2 tbsp and add more if needed as the beans cook.
  3. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, or until heated through and your desired thickness. Add more water as needed to thin out, if you'd like.
  4. Serve hot.
  5. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator 3-5 days.

Keywords: refried black beans, easy black beans