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Refried Beans Recipe (Vegan & Oil-free!)

  • Author: avocadocentric
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired
  • Diet: Vegan


This homemade refried beans recipe takes 15 minutes to make and also vegan and oil-free! In addition, it is easy, healthy, gluten-free, and plant-based!


  • 1 small onion (chopped very small)
  • 2 can pinto beans (not rinsed, keep half of the liquid in the cans)
  • 1 small chipotle pepper in adobo sauce + 1 tsp adobo sauce (sub for favorite seasonings )
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 


  1. Heat a large pan or a skillet over medium heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of water. When the water is hot, add the diced onions and cook until translucent for 5 minutes. Keep adding a splash of water if onions are getting too dry.
  2. When the onions are caramelized, add the pinto beans (including the liquid in the cans), garlic, diced chipotle pepper, a little bit of adobo sauce and salt. Continue cooking for another 5-8 minutes.
  3. If the beans are getting dry, keep adding a splash of water to keep them moist but not watery.
  4. Keep stirring the pinto beans and mash them using the back of the spoon or potato masher.
  5. When you reach the desired consistency, cover the pan and let it sit for 1 minute. 


Keep the leftovers for 3-4 days in the fridge. 

To reheat, add a little water and warm it up on the stovetop. 

Chop the onions very small for a creamier result.


  • Serving Size: 6
  • Calories: 111
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 376.8mg
  • Fat: 0.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.4g
  • Fiber: .2g
  • Protein: 6.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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