Refried Frijoles Negros Recipe

Creamy refried beans are a delicious side dish as well as great for dipping corn chips into. My refried frijoles negros recipe, or refried black beans, is so easy to make that they’ll become one of your staples.

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How to Make Refried Black Beans

Refried Frijoles Negros

I recently published my recipe for making frijoles negros, and so many of you requested that I share how to make refried beans using them.

So I’m happy to share this new recipe with you.

If you’re only used to eating refried beans using pinto beans, then I think you’ll also appreciate the variety that these refried black beans will add to your menus.

To be honest, I don’t make my refried frijoles negros all that different than the pintos. I feel that both varieties are most delicious when we don’t complicate the added ingredients list. After all it’s best to let their natural delicious flavors shine.

But if you’re someone that loves adding additional flavors then make sure to read the notes in the ingredients section.

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Are Refried Beans Vegan

It depends!

What depends is who is making them.

Traditionally frijoles refritos are made with lard. So be very aware of this when eating out or are invited to a very traditional meal.

The best way to be sure that no animal products are used in your refried beans, then make them yourself.

Many canned brands are vegan, so read the labels. If you’re at a restuarant ask what fat was used to cook them. The Spanish word for lard is “manteca” and oil is “aceite“.

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What to Eat With Refried Black Beans

You can eat all of the same things you would with refried pinto beans or other varieties.

They are a wonderful protein packed side dish, appetizer or dip. But also make a scrumptious filling for tacos, gorditas, and burritos.

Refried beans, of course, are a must for making Molletes!

I love to top my sopes and smear some on a bolillo when I make tortas.

Oh and let’s not forget that you can also use refried beans to make the sauce for enfrijoladas.

If you just want a simple main dish idea for refried black beans, pair them with arroz Mexicano and some grilled veggies for a complete meal. Don’t forget a good salsa too!

Ingredients for refried frijoles negros: cooked black beans, oil, salt and dried chilies.

Ingredients Needed

When I cook beans I always save the vegetables I add to it to fry them when making refried beans. You can always add more if you’d like.

Again, I save the bean broth from cooking my own beans. If you didn’t then you can use low-sodium vegetable broth or water in a pinch.

Chiles de arbol will give your frijoles refritos a touch of heat. You can omit or substitute with a milder jalapeño pepper if desired.

Other Ingredients

I don’t personally add additional ingredients or spices when I make refried beans. This is so I can have them as a base to add to for whatever I’m cooking the rest of the week.

If you’d like you can sauté some vegan chorizo before adding and mashing the beans. You could even add some cheese too.

Spices like ground cumin are also popular with some people.

Canned Refried Beans

If you are in a rush and don’t have time to boil your own frijoles negros, then you can use canned beans instead. Drain and rinse before using. Follow the rest of the instructions the same.

Mashing cooked black beans in a large frying pan with hot oil to make Mexican refried beans.
How to Make Mexican Refried Black Beans

How to Make Refried Black Beans

This process is just like making refried pinto beans. Easy peasy!

  • Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the chiles the arbol, if using, and fry 1 minute before removing or setting aside.
  • Pour in the cooked beans very carefully because oil will splash up!
  • Begin mashing with your potato masher.
  • Pour in bean broth as needed to help you reach the creamy consistency desired.
  • Salt to taste. You can also add back the fried chile the arbol now, either whole or cut up.
  • Taste (careful it’s hot!) and adjust salt if desired.
  • Serve!

Remember that I said I use the onion and garlic that were used to boil the beans. If you don’t have them then you can sauté finely chopped 1/2 a small white onion and a couple minced garlic cloves. Add them before adding the beans for mashing.

A blue bowl with view from above that is filled with creamy refried black beans and topped with a red dried chile and cilantro.
How to Make Refried Black Beans

How Long do Refried Beans Last in The Fridge

Generally they will not last more than 3 to four days.

You’ll know they’ve gone bad because they’ll release quite the foul smell.

So make sure to eat your beans as soon as possible.

Can You Freeze Refried Beans

Yes you can!

I actually freeze both boiled whole beans and refried beans all the time.

To freeze pour them into freezer safe containers or a Ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.

When you’re ready to use them you can defrost in the fridge overnight or leave them on the counter until they begin to soften. You can defrost the rest of the way in pan or in the microwave in a safe bowl.

How to Reheat Refried Beans

To reheat leftovers you can pour them into a large pan and cook for about 8 minutes or until heated trough.

Alternatively you can place them in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 2 minutes, stir then heat another 1 to 2 minutes.

Beans splatter, so save yourself the mess by covering the bowl with a paper towel or a microwave cover!

Dipping into refried black beans with a corn chip.
Homemade Black Bean Dip
A blue bowl with view from above that is filled with creamy refried black beans.

Refried Frijoles Negros Recipe

Nancy Lopez & MexicanMadeMeatless.com
Easy peasy creamy refried black beans are a delicious side dish as well as great for dipping corn chips into. My refried frijoles negros recipe is so easy to make that they’ll become one of your staples.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican, Vegan Mexican Recipe
Servings 8 servings
Calories 137 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cup cooked black beans try my recipe
  • onion garlic, epazote from cooked beans*
  • bean broth
  • 1.5 Tablespoons olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 2 chiles de arbol
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the chiles the arbol, if using, and fry 1 minute before removing or setting aside.
  • Pour in the cooked beans very carefully because oil will splash up!
  • Begin mashing with your potato masher.
  • Pour in bean broth as needed to help you reach the creamy consistency desired.
  • Salt to taste. You can also add back the fried chile the arbol now, either whole or cut up.
  • Taste (careful it’s hot!) and adjust salt if desired.
  • Serve!

Video

Notes

Remember that I said I use the onion and garlic that were used to boil the beans. If you don’t have them then you can sauté finely chopped 1/2 a small white onion and a couple minced garlic cloves. Add them before adding the beans for mashing.

Nutrition

Serving: 8servingsCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 146mgPotassium: 308mgFiber: 8gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 38IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
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How to Make Refried Black Beans

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