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Refried Beans for Burritos, Tacos, Nachos, Anything

What you need: 

1 400g can of red kidney beans, washed and drained
1 400g can of cannelloni beans (or any other kind you prefer), washed and drained
1/2 an onion, chopped fine
3 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
1 fresh habanera chili, deseeded and chopped fine (optional)
2 teaspoon paprika powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 a 400g can of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oil

What you do: 

Heat the olive oil in a shallow frypan at medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2 minutes.
Add garlic and chili and fry for another 2 minutes.
Add spices and stir vigorously around the pan for 30 seconds. Don't let them burn or stick to the pan.
Add the beans and stir fry for 3 minutes, making sure the spices are coating them nicely.
Add chopped tomatoes, stir for another few minutes.
Add tomato paste and stir through.
When the beans are soft enough, start mashing them either with a potato masher or anything else that does the job. Don't mash them up too much, just a partial mashing will do finely.
Once the mixture is looking thick, rich and red give everything a good stir and turn off the heat.
Now you have a tasty bean mix to add to anything burritos, nachos, tacos or anything you like. I've found that they're really good on pizza.

Preparation Time: 
20 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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I used beans that I'd cooked from dry, and homemade chili powder (i was out of it, so i found a recipe here:, and i had a bit of leftover tomato sauce and a bit of homemade salsa, so i used those instead of the tomatoes and tomato paste, but otherwise i followed the recipe and it came out great.  I served it in corn tortilla tacos with avocado, lettuce and salsa on top.

Delicious, thanks for the recipe!



This looks great-I'd add more cumin, and a pinch of coriander, too.


Used this recipe tonight as a filling for bean burritos. This is the first time I have ever tried refried beans of any sort. I was very pleased with the outcome, it was just too spicy for my taste, so next time I will be using less chilli powder, and I omitted the optional chilli.

Also used 2 cans of kidney beans as that was all we had lying around in the cupboard. This made enough for 4 burritos and there is still more left!

Great recipe  ;)b


Just made this- quick, easy and delicious!  I added a bit more cumin, because the smell of it reminded me of refried beans that I have had before.  I also left out the diced tomatoes & peppers because I didn't have any.  Going to go chow down now!
I'm putting it on pita bread with corn and salsa.

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