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Homemade refried beans (frijoles negros)

  • Author: Pip Payne
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


A tasty and healthy Mexican inspired side-dish



  • 2 cans pre-cooked black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 small onion (very finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (very finely chopped)
  • 1 green chilli (deseeded and finely chopped)
  • 1/3 of a green pepper (deseeded and finely diced)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • low calorie cooking spray/ spray oil


  1. Using low calorie cooking spray or spray oil, stir-fry the onion, garlic, green pepper and green chilli for a few minutes
  2. Add in the oregano, cumin and paprika, stir through, and then add in the red wine vinegar.
  3. Stir through the black beans to coat and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fry gently for about 20 minutes, stirring fairly regularly, and adding a little water if the mixture starts to get too dry and sticks to the pan.
  5. Serve warm with chopped, fresh coriander and lime juice if you have them.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes