Easy Refried Black Beans Recipe using Dried Beans

Creamy, rich, smokey, and delicious refried black beans recipe in a bowl with a few black beans and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top. On the counter are tortilla chips in a bowl.
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Move over pinto beans, Refried Black Beans are here!  Creamy, rich, smokey, and delicious, this refried black beans recipe will become your new favorite addition to so many things.  I put them on tostadas, on salads, on toast, layered in casseroles, mixed into soups, and use as a dip.  They couldn’t be easier to make either.  You just cook the beans in a pot and then blend.  Save in your fridge and use them all week.  Or freeze portioned out and enjoy them for months!

BLACK BEANS: LOADED WITH FIBER & PROTEIN

Refried beans are quite literally beans that are fried/cooked two times.  They are first cooked and then mashed and cooked again.  They are usually made with pinto beans, which have a milder flavor and contain a slightly more carbs and a higher fat content than black beans, attributed mainly to their high starch content.  In this recipe, I love to use black beans!  I always have them on hand to make Slow Cooker Brazilian Black Bean, as well as so many other yummy dinners. 

Black Beans are a fantastic source of both fiber and protein, which is why they are a staple in vegetarian or vegan diets.  They have a whopping 15g of protein and 15g of Fiber in 1 cup!  They have a deep, rich flavor and can be incorporated into a variety of recipes to add rich flavor, bulk them up, or replace meat.  For flavor and texture, I add them to Mushroom and Black Bean Tostadas and Weeknight Black Bean Taco Bowl Bar.  For a meat alternative I add them to my Creamy Cajun Beans and Cauliflower over Quinoa and Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos.

 

Creamy, rich, smokey, and delicious refried black beans recipe in a bowl with a tortilla chip dipped in and a few black beans and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top. On the counter are tortilla chips in a bowl.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you need a medium pot and a  mini food processor to blend up the beans.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR YOUR REFRIED BLACK BEANS RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below) 

Rinse the beans with cold water, then place in Bowl. Cover the beans with cold water so that the water is about 1 inch higher than the beans.  Soak the beans overnight in the fridge.

 

COOK THE REFRIED BLACK BEANS 

Drain the beans, rinse and then add the beans to large pot and cover with water (about 3-4 cups). Mix in the minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, about 8-10 minutes.Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Hand holding small bowl with chili powder, cumin, and salt over pot with dried black beans for refried black beans recipe.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer 1 cup of the cooked beans to a food processor with with 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, 1 clove of garlic, and the cumin. Pulse to mince the garlic and blend up the beans. Then blend until smooth.

 

Spoon adding cooked black beans to food processor for refried black beans recipe.

For the rest of the cooked beans, add them to to food processor in batches (depending on the size of your processor). You want the beans mostly blended, but with some texture. Scrape down the sides of the processor and add more cooking liquid if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time.Spoon scooping pureed black beans over food processor for refried black beans recipe.

After all of the beans are pureed, add the beans to a preheated skillet or frying pan on medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil. Stir the beans around as they cook for so as not to burn them. Cook for 5 minutes.

RECIPE FAQS

Can I use canned black beans?

You can make this recipe using 3 cans of 14-15 ounce cooked beans.  If you use canned beans, first rinse and drain the beans.  Then move directly to the step adding them to the food processor.

How long will these last in the fridge?

These black beans will last 5-6 days in the fridge in a sealed container.

Can I freeze these refried beans?

Yep!  These freeze great.  Just portion them out into freezer bags and flatten them.  You can store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.  To reheat, you can place in the fridge overnight to thaw and then warm on the stove or in the microwave.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Creamy, rich, smokey, and delicious refried black beans recipe in a bowl with a few black beans and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top. Tortilla chips on the counter.

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Easy Refried Black Beans Recipe with Dried Beans

Creamy, rich, smokey, and delicious, this refried black beans recipe will become your new favorite addition to so many things.  Put them on tostadas, on salads, on toast, layered in casseroles, mixed into soups, or use as a dip.  They couldn't be easier to make either.  You just cook the beans in a pot and then blend.  Save in your fridge and use them all week.  Or freeze portioned out and enjoy them for months! #refriedbeans #blackbeans

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black beans, mexican sides, refried beans
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Soaking time 8 hours

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Dry Black Beans (see notes for canned black beans)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced divided
  • 3 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin divided
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Rinse the dried black beans with cold water, then place in Bowl. Cover the beans with cold water so that the water is about 1 inch higher than the beans.  Soak the beans overnight in the fridge.

    Hand holding dried black beans for refried black beans recipe.
  2. Mince the garlic cloves. Divide: Half will go into the pot when you cook the beans. Half will go into the food processor.

Cooking Steps

  1. Drain the beans, rinse and then add the beans to large pot and cover with water (about 3-4 cups). Mix in half of the minced garlic, all of the chili powder, half of the cumin, and the salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, about 8-10 minutes.Turn the heat down to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

    Hand holding small bowl with chili powder, cumin, and salt over pot with dried black beans for refried black beans recipe.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer 1 cup of the cooked beans to a food processor with with 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, the other half of the minced garlic, and half of the cumin. Pulse to mince the garlic and blend up the beans. Then blend until smooth.

    Spoon adding cooked black beans to food processor for refried black beans recipe.
  3. For the rest of the cooked beans, add them to to food processor in batches (depending on the size of your processor). You want the beans mostly blended, but with some texture. Scrape down the sides of the processor and add more cooking liquid if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time.

    Spoon scooping pureed black beans over food processor for refried black beans recipe.
  4. After all of the beans are pureed, add the beans to a preheated skillet or frying pan on on medium heat with 1 tsp olive oil.  Stir the beans around as they cook for so as not to burn them. Cook for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

    Creamy, rich, smokey, and delicious refried black beans recipe in a bowl with a few black beans and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top. On the counter are tortilla chips in a bowl.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can make this recipe in 15 minutes by using 3 cans of 14-15 ounce cooked beans.  If you use canned beans, first rinse and drain the beans.  Then move directly to the step adding them to the food processor.

Easy Avocado Crema Recipe

Easy Avocado Crema Recipe in a bowl on table with a cut open avocado with pit. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!
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Easy Avocado Crema Recipe in a bowl on table with a cut open avocado with pit and blender in back.  It goes on everything!  It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Today I have the perfect finish to any taco, the topper to all hamburgers, the dip for all chips!  This is my Super Easy Avocado Crema Recipe!  

Who doesn’t love a creamy, tangy, rich, and luscious topping?  I know I do!  Give me all the sauces!  My family makes fun of my plate at the end of dinner because it’s always the one that is covered in sauce.  

This easy Avocado Crema Recipe sounds fancy, but it couldn’t be more simple, approachable, and totally easy!  Everything gets tossed into a blender and blended until perfectly smooth and creamy.  Just avocado, sour cream, lime, cilantro, salt, and pepper.  That’s it!  I mean, I say that’s it, but there is SO MUCH flavor and satisfaction with this baby!

Spoon pouring Avocado Crema Recipe to a bowl on table with blender in back. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Add creaminess and tang to so many foods!

This avocado crema goes on so many foods!  Scroll down and you can see how delicious it is drizzled over Roasted Cumin Carrots or added on top of a Beef Filet with Spiced Cauliflower Rice

Here are some other ways to use it!

  • Add to tacos
  • Top hamburgers or hot dogs
  • Replace mayo on sandwiches
  • Drizzle over salad of greens
  • Mix with chicken, pasta, tuna, or other salads
  • Dip veggies, crackers, or chips into it
  • Top roasted or grilled veggies
  • Drizzle over French Fries
  • Use on toast
Avocado cut in half on table with pit still in for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a sharp knife to cut the avocado and a blender for blending the ingredients into a smooth and creamy sauce.

PREP FOR YOUR AVOCADO CREMA RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

What is the best way to prep an avocado?

The best way is to take a chef’s knife and cut into the avocado until the knife hits the pit.  Then gently cut around the perimeter of the avocado while keeping the knife on the pit.  To remove the pit, balance the avocado on a flat surface with fingers out of the way and whack the pit with the sharp side of the knife.  Twist the knife and the pit should easily come out attached to the knife.  Discard the pit.

Knife pulling pit from avocado half for Avocado Crema recipe.

To remove the avocado ‘flesh’ you can either peel off the skin or scoop out the avocado using a spoon.

Hand peeling the skin from avocado half for Avocado Crema recipe.

Spoon scooping avocado out of skin into a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Add the avocado to the blender along with the sour cream, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  Then blend until smooth

Whole Avocado pieces in a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Finally, add in the cilantro leaves and pulse until they are chopped up and combined.

Fresh cilantro leaves added on top of blended Avocado in a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

How to serve the Avocado Crema

Once the sauce is made, you can either add it to a serving bowl and let everyone serve themselves.  Or you can add it to a plastic baggie, snip the corner off and then squeeze it into a drizzle over food.

Scissors snipping corner off of a baggie filled with Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

How long will Avocado Crema last?

Once an avocado is opened, it immediately starts the oxidation process which turns the flesh brown.  Therefore, you will want to make this crema immediately prior to serving.  If you absolutely must prep this ahead, store it in an air-tight container with a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent any air from reaching it.  If air does start to oxidize the crema and you have brown spots on the top, simply skim them off before serving and it should be beautiful underneath!  You can store it in the fridge this way for up to 4 days in advance.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

Have you tried this recipe? If so, please leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ star rating in the recipe below! I love to hear your feedback and your rating helps others to find this recipe. Thanks so much!

Easy Avocado Crema Recipe

This super Easy Avocado Crema Recipe is the perfect finish to any taco, the topper to all hamburgers, the dip for all chips!  Who doesn't love a creamy, tangy, rich, and luscious topping?  This easy Avocado Crema Recipe sounds fancy, but it couldn't be more simple, approachable, and totally easy!  Everything gets tossed into a blender and blended until perfectly smooth and creamy.  Just avocado, sour cream, lime, cilantro, salt, and pepper.  That's it!  #avocado #waystouseavocado #avocadocrema #avocadocream

Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Avocado, avocado crema, mexican recipes, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbls Milk
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. To make the avocado crema, place the avocado, sour cream, juice from half the lime, milk, salt and pepper into a Blender. Pulse and then blend until smooth. Add another tablespoon or so of milk if you want the crema to be thinner.

    Sour cream, lime, salt, pepper, and Avocado pieces in a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!
  2. Add in the cilantro leaves and pulse until they are chopped up and combined.

  3. Pour into a sauce dish or jar and serve!