If you make this Refried Beans Recipe with Canary Beans you may never go back to the canned variety! These refried beans are easy to make and are a fantastic side dish or ingredients for Mexican dinners.
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Refried Beans Made With Canary Beans
These Refried Beans have the creamiest consistency thanks to the Canary Beans, also known as Mayocoba beans. These Peruvian beans are similar to pinto beans and taste great with any of your favorite Mexican dishes!
Maybe you haven’t heard of canary beans. These beans are not as mainstream as pinto beans, but they should be. Canary beans are creamier with a delicate flavor and are extremely versatile. They are perfect for this Refried Beans Recipe!
What Beans To Use For Refried Beans
This recipe uses canary beans but you can use pinto beans or black beans in their place.
This Homemade Refried Beans Recipe uses dried beans. You can make refried beans with canned pinto or black beans by draining, rinsing, adding the seasoning then mashing and refrying.
Are Refried Beans Healthy
Yes, beans have a ton of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Beans are super nutritious! Now what you choose to do with them can affect how healthy the overall dish is. But the beans alone are a powerhouse of nutrition.
Do You Soak Beans Before Cooking
You can or not. I used to always soak beans before cooking but have switched to non-soaking over time. The difference is negligible in my opinion so I just skip that step now. I’m all about quick, easy no-fuss recipes.
If you prefer to soak your beans go ahead and do so.
Ingredients Needed For Homemade Refried Beans (screenshot for grocery list)
- Dried Canary Beans (or pinto or black beans)
- Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, (or chicken stock)
- Sweet Onion
- Garlic Powder
How To Make Refried Beans
- Combine beans, vegetable broth and onion in a 3.5 quart pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2.5-3 hours or until beans are tender. Add water while cooking as needed to prevent burning. During the last 15 minutes of cook time, add salt, garlic powder and cumin.
- Remove from heat and let cool 5-10 minutes. Mash or blend to desired consistency.
- Pan fry beans in large skillet over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes while stirring. 1-2 teaspoons of oil or lard may be added to beans before frying. Salt/pepper to taste.
Are Refried Beans Vegetarian
Yes, if you make these beans with vegetable broth and fry them in oil instead of animal fat then these beans are vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Why Are They Called Refried
The beans are not fried twice but they are cooked twice, hence the name refried. First we cook the beans to soften them. Then the beans are fried up in a skillet with oil or fat for that great refried texture.
How To Use Refried Beans
I like to eat refried beans on a tortilla topped with shredded cheese, sour cream and cilantro. These beans are great for bean bowls, tacos, burritos, nachos, chimichangas or as a dip for tortilla chips. Here are a few more recipes to serve with refried beans:
- 2 Cups Dried Canary Beans, rinsed and sorted (or pinto beans)
- 64 ounces Broth, (vegetable or chicken)
- 1 Sweet Onion, (chopped)
- Generous Pinch Salt
- 2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 2 teaspoon Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
- Water, as needed
- Combine beans, broth and onion in a 3.5 quart pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2.5-3 hours or until beans are tender. Add more water while cooking as needed to prevent burning. During the last 15 minutes of cook time, add salt, garlic powder , cumin and chili powder.
- Remove from heat and let cool 5-10 minutes. Mash or blend to desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Pan fry beans in large skillet over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes while stirring. 1-2 teaspoons of oil or lard may be added to beans for frying.
Add more spices to taste if needed.
This makes a family sized amount. Recipe can be reduced by half and cooked in the same way.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 165Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 7mgSodium 593mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 11gProtein 10g
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