Vegetarian Refried Beans

Vegetarian Refried Beans

Beans are one of the staples of vegetarian cuisine. After tasting Vegetarian Refried Beans, even the most ardent meat lover may be convinced to try such dishes.


  • 1lb dry pinto beans, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste

Method of preparation:

Place the rinsed pinto beans in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are tender. Drain and set aside.

In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the tomato cubes to the skillet and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the cooked pinto beans, ground cumin, chilli powder and remaining minced garlic. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Using a potato masher or the back of a fork, mash the beans to your desired consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water to loosen it up.

Add salt to taste and cook for a further 2-3 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.

Once the beans are heated through and seasoned to your liking, remove from the heat and serve hot.

Enjoy your delicious Vegetarian Refried Beans as a side dish, in burritos, tacos or as a dip with tortilla chips.

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