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Authentic Mexican Refried Beans Recipe
Our Traditional Mexican Refried Beans recipe provides a healthy vegan version that closely resembles the original Mexican version. Indeed, it might be considered more authentic than many served in American restaurants today.
However, don’t stop with the basics. Yes, we offer suggestions for customizing your refried beans to the entire meal and to your personal tastes. Also, experiment with your own preferences.
Mexican Refried Beans, a Health Food?
Indeed, homemade Mexican refried beans offer a strong nutritional boost. We use the traditional pinto bean in our recipe. You may substitute other varieties if you choose. However, let’s look at the nutrition offered by a one-half cup serving of pinto beans.
According to SFGate, Healthy Eating, one-half cup of cooked pinto beans contain almost 8 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber. Also, it provides a good source of B vitamins, especially folate and certain minerals. And it contains only 122 calories with negligible fat, no cholesterol, and only about 1 gram of sugar. Indeed, Mexican refried beans offer a healthy and flavorful source of protein ad fiber!
- Soak and cook beans according to product directions (slow cooker, instant pot, or stove top)
- If using the stove top, refer to these directions. cook according to package directions.
- Add salt to the beans when they are nearly done (for instant pot, add after cooking)
- Drain beans and mash with a vegetable and potato masher
- Sauté onions and garlic in broth or oil until softened.
- Stir in cumin.
- Add onion mixture to the beans and stir well.
- Extra beans store well. Seal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5-7 days. Freeze for longer storage.
Customize Traditional Mexican Refried Beans Recipe
Options for customizing include:
- Add chopped jalapenos or other peppers
- Top with melted or shredded cheese (see our vegan cheese recipes)
- Top with fresh chopped cilantro, chopped green onions, and/or green chillies
Share your favorite refried bean recipe with us!
Why not use canned pintos
for your Traditional Mexican Refried Beans?
Many name brand companies now produce a vegetarian refried bean product that substitutes in recipes calling for homemade. However, although they contain no animal products and have good flavor, homemade refried beans outshine them. The homemade version tastes fresher and more full flavored. Also, you customize them to your personal preference. However, they offer a quick addition for those occasional times you need.
The homemade version tastes fresher and more full flavored. Also, you customize them to your personal preference. Your traditional Mexican refried beans will be noticeably better than canned. However, they offer a quick addition for those occasional times you need.
Of course, we encourage you to read the label before purchasing. Some contain a similar nutrient profile to homemade. However, others contain additives you might choose to avoid.
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