Healthy Refried Beans

Perfect as a filling, dip, or side dish, these healthier “refried” beans are way more flavorful and lower in saturated fat than store-bought!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beans, Homemade
Servings: 4
Author: Kelli


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ medium onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 15- oz can low-sodium pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until caramelized.
  • Next, add in garlic and chili powder. Cook 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Stir in beans and chicken broth. Let simmer for 10 minutes, or until mixture is less liquidy.
  • Using the back of a spoon or a potato masher, mash beans coarsely until it reaches desired consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!


Adapted from Ellie Krieger