Frijoles Refritos

Refried beans in a serving dish next to tortillas

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These Mexican refried beans are made with homemade frijoles de la olla. Called frijoles refritos in Spanish, this easy side dish is ready in minutes and always get compliments! Sometimes all you need is a simple recipe.


  • 2 1/2 cups frijoles de la olla
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


Melt the butter in a medium sized pan.

Add about 2 1/2 cups of beans to a small pan, mash them with a potato masher.

Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika. Stir to incorporate, then cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated and the beans have thickened. This can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how much liquid you added with the beans.

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