Easy Chorizo and Beans Recipe (Chorizo con Frijoles)

This refried beans side dish or appetizer is so flavorful and great for a party or for game night. Grab some tortilla chips and get ready to enjoy the yummy flavor of this Mexican chorizo and beans recipe!

A white and blue bowl filled with Mexican chorizo and beans.
Chorizo con Frijoles

Chorizo and Beans

For this Mexican girl, refried beans are the ultimate comfort food! Like I could eat them every day and not get bored of them. Some times they’re a side dish on my plate, other times I’ll grab my immersion blender and make some enfrijoladas. Then other times some refried pinto beans on a warm corn tortillas with some homemade salsa and some crumbled cheese make a quick and comforting meal.

I’m telling you frijoles are my comfort food. 

​Chorizo is another food I really enjoy – you can tell by all of the chorizo recipes I’ve previously shared. (I also love to make my own vegan chorizo.)

So naturally combining these two delicious foods is something I’m going to enjoy – and you will too! I really do think that you’ll be adding this chorizo refried beans recipe to your repertoire.

This is a quick recipe (another thing to love) and you need just 3 ingredients. Basically the Mexican chorizo is first fried in a little oil to help it release all of its amazing flavors and smell. Then the beans are added and mashed, or just mixed in, to create a very flavorful dish. 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


  • This chorizo and beans recipe comes together in no time. So perfect for those busy weeknights.
  • You can use it as a side dish or as an appetizer or dip for a fiesta.
  • Use it as a burrito filling.
  • Make a big batch for meal planning.
  • Chorizo con frijoles has tons of flavor that’s a perfect combination of savory and creamy textures too.
  • Super easy to veganize!
  • The vegan version of chorizo con frijoles is much healthier than the meat version. It’s low in fats and lower in calories, has more fiber and well just take a look at the nutritional analysis in the recipe card below for all the information. 
Refried beans in a small bowl, soy chorizo in a small white bowl and olive oil in a glass container.
Chorizo con Frijoles Ingredients

Ingredients

The ingredients for this easy and quick recipe are so few, which is wonderful because you can have this ready in 8-10 minutes.

  • Chorizo: Traditionally pork chorizo is used and but it’s Mexican chorizo sausage, not Spanish chorizo which is a cured pork sausage and quite different than Mexican-style chorizo. We of course are going to be using vegan chorizo for this recipe version.
  • Beans: You can use frijoles bayos, peruano beans, pinto beans or black beans.
  • Oil: I like to use olive oil for health reasons but you may use your favorite vegetable oil.

Additional Ingredients & Variations

If you’d like you can also add some extra bean broth or vegetable broth to help make the beans thinner and creamier. This is specially needed when using canned beans.

I don’t always do this but occasionally I’ll mince a couple of garlic cloves to toss into the bean mixture. Or you could add garlic powder instead.

Some chopped poblano peppers mixed in would give the dish another level of flavor – plus if it happens to be a spicy poblano it will add a little kick. 

​You can serve the chorizo beans as is or you can top with small pieces of queso fresco or crumbly cotija cheese. A dollop of sour cream would also go great.

A variation of this dish would be to add some shredded cheese and allow it to cook and melt into the chorizo-bean mixture. This makes an even creamier dish and elevates it to the next level. 

What Type of Beans to Use

As listed in the ingredients list, you can really use your favorite type of Mexican beans. 

You can use canned beans, either whole or refried. If using whole make sure to drain beans and rinse them before using.

If you’d rather use homemade frijoles then start with dried beans then follow my beans recipes to cook them either on the stove or in the Instant Pot. 

For the photos here I used canned refried beans and they were bayo beans. 

Is Chorizo and Beans Vegan?

Traditionally no this isn’t a vegan dish because the Mexican chorizo used is made from pork. Additionally lard may be used to cook the dish. 

But don’t worry because my recipe uses no lard and the we’re using vegan chorizo. The Mexican brand of vegan chorizo I used is called Sabori chorizo de soya. But you can use your favorite brand or make your own homemade vegan chorizo. 

If you want to add cheese just use your favorite vegan cheese that melts well. 

How to Make Chorizo and Beans

This is one of the easiest recipes ever. It cooks quickly so make sure you have everything ready to use.

Sautéing soy chorizo in a non-stick pan to make vegan chorizo and beans dip.

Step 1: Over medium heat, once hot add the chorizo. Use the back of a spoon to help break it down to down to smaller bite-sized pieces. Cook chorizo until a little crispy then reserve a couple of tablespoons for topping if desired.

Cooking refried beans and chorizo to make vegan chorizo and beans dip.

Step 2: Now add your beans to the pan and mix until well combined. If you are using whole beans use a potato masher to mash them, adding bean broth or water as needed to help break down.

Homemade Mexican chorizo and beans dip in a frying pan.

Step 3: Add some vegetable broth to the bean mixture to achieve a smooth consistency or to your desired texture. Taste and if needed add some salt. Serve as desired.

How to Serve Chorizo con Frijoles

This recipe is the perfect way to use us leftover beans or chorizo sausage, specially if you only have small amounts. 

Serve it as a side dish or in a bowl to enjoy with tortillas chips as an appetizer. You can also serve it as a burrito filling or if you leave it thicker you can grab some flour tortillas and make some delicious tacos.

You could even use this a filling for tamales!

A white and blue bowl filled with Mexican chorizo and beans.

How to Store Leftovers

Any leftovers can be allowed to come to room temperature then stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Beans freeze quite well, did you know that? Store in freezer safe bags for up to 3 months.

Thaw out in the refrigerator overnight or covered in the microwave. You can reheat in the microwave or on a skillet but make sure to add a few tablespoons of water when reheating.

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A white and blue bowl filled with Mexican chorizo and beans topped with crispy chorizo and chopped cilantro.
A white and blue bowl filled with Mexican chorizo and beans topped with crispy chorizo and chopped cilantro.

Chorizo and Beans Recipe (Chorizo con Frijoles)

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
This chorizo and beans recipe is made with Mexican chorizo and refried beans. It makes a delicious side dish, appetizer or burrito filling. Just 3 ingredients and ready in about 10 minutes.
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Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan Mexican Recipe
Servings 4 servings
Calories 205 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 7 oz vegan chorizo your favorite brand, about 1 cup
  • 14 oz refried beans homemade or canned, it's 1 2/3 cups
  • 1.5 Tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

Instructions
 

  • Over medium heat, once hot add the chorizo. Use the back of a spoon to help break it down to down to smaller bite-sized pieces. Cook chorizo until a little crispy then reserve a couple of tablespoons for topping if desired.
  • Now add your beans to the pan and mix until well combined. If you are using whole beans use a potato masher to mash them, adding bean broth or water as needed to help break down.
  • Add some vegetable broth to the bean mixture to achieve a smooth consistency or to your desired texture. Taste and if needed add some salt. Serve as desired.

Notes

*It’s very important to note that the actual nutritional information will depend on the brand of chorizo you used, as well as the brand of refried beans or if you used homemade.
These are just rough estimates, do your own calculations based on the products you used. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4servingsCalories: 205kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 12gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 924mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 8gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 82IUCalcium: 92mgIron: 3mg
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