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Refried Beans

When meatless Mexican dishes need a little lift, turn to lime zest and juice. Serve these refried beans with chips, or slather on tortillas and top with vegan cheese for quesadillas.



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2 15-oz. cans pinto beans, including liquid
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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5 green onions, white and pale green parts chopped (¼ cup)
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1 Tbs. ground cumin
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2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
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1 Tbs. lime juice
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2 tsp. lime zest
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4 Tbs. chopped cilantro


1. Mash pinto beans and liquid with potato masher in large bowl. Leave some beans whole, or mash until smooth if you prefer a creamier texture.


2. Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add green onions, cumin, and garlic, and cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in mashed beans (mixture will be soupy). Increase heat to medium-high, and cook beans 10 minutes, or until they thicken and will hold their shape on plate, stirring frequently.

3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in lime juice and lime zest, and season with pepper. Garnish each serving with 1 Tbs. cilantro.


Nutrition Information: 

11 g
Total Fat: 
4.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
0.5 g
36 g
0 mg
476 mg
9 g
4 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

One of my favorite recipes from Vegetarian Times! I never buy canned refried beans now - there is no comparison.

Outstanding! I'll be making this one again.

I love this recipe. We make this at least once a month in our home.

Added salt in hopes it'll stay good longer in the fridge