Refried Beans

    25 minutes

    This makes a good Mexican party dip as well as a good side for chilli con carne. Its also great in bean nachos or just by itself with melted cheese on top. Unlike real refried beans this has no pork fat.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon oil for frying
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2-3 small jalapeno or green chillies, de-seeded and finely chopped
    • 1 red capsicum, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed (or a tsp of garlic puree)
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 (400g) tin kidney beans
    • 1 (400g) tin borlotti beans
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon tomato sauce (eg. Heinz)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • small pinch salt and pepper

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. In a frying pan over medium heat, add the oil and saute the onion, chillies, red capsicum and garlic. Fry for 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and beans.
    2. Turn down to a low heat (if too dry, add a splash of water) and add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and leave for 10 minutes - check and stir regularly adding a little water if required.
    3. After about 10-12 minutes turn off heat and mash beans with a potato masher/fork for a rough texture or use a hand blender for a smoother texture.

    Make ahead

    For a dip - make ahead of time and chill. At serving timer, put corn chips in a dish top with the refried beans, sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top and put in a medium-hot (180 C) oven for 20 minutes.

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    Really flavoursome, simple recipe. I made this for breakfast and would go great in a little breakfast burrito. You can add a bit more spice if you want too.  -  09 Apr 2016


    Took shortcuts. Ignore the 12 hour extra time of using canned beans that is only if using dry beans that need soaked not set. (sorry - I could find a way to go back and edit the original)  -  03 Jan 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Really loved this. Made it originally to go in a burrito bowl, but had leftovers which went on crackers, as a dip with crudites, as well as just eaten with a spoon  -  26 Aug 2015  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)