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 Chicken Mole Enchiladas (Enmoladas) with Rotisserie Chicken!

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Friends, let me introduce you to my beloved Enmoladas, aka Chicken Mole Enchiladas.  These little babies have stolen my heart and filled my stomach lately.  I mean, where have these been all my life!!??  The Mole sauce is the star here, for sure.  It’s thick and rich with the most incredible deep flavor.  The ingredients are simple, but taste so incredibly complex and just so dang good!  

Oh, and don’t let the unsweetened chocolate and cinnamon fool you, this is one SA-VOR-Y sauce!  They are 100% needed in this sauce to give it that deep flavor.  The tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, chipotle in adobo sauce, and cumin balance it so harmoniously. 

If the easy and irresistible Mole sauce wasn’t enough, the rest of the recipe is crazy easy too!  It uses a Rotisserie chicken, so all you need to do is shred it up.  And speaking of EASY!  Did I mention that this sauce can be made nearly entirely out of your pantry!!  If that makes you happy, be sure to get my cheat sheet for Pantry Must-Haves for Quick & Easy Dinners!

Fork with bite of Chicken Mole Enchiladas, on a plate with cheese and cilantro on top.  They are easy to make and delicious!  The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

USING ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

Rotisserie chickens can be found near the deli of your local grocery store.  Your store may have a couple different flavor profiles, but try to stick with a standard garlic and herb option.   You will want to use the chicken within 5 days of buying it.  You can also remove the meat and freeze it for up to 4-5 months in the freezer.

If you are eating the chicken as is, you can remove the legs, the thighs, and the wings.  Then cut off the breasts.  If you are cutting it up or shredding it for another recipe, you probably want to discard the skin.

Rotisserie Chicken with chicken removed and on a plate for Chicken Mole Enchiladas, or Enmoladas.  It's easy to make and delicious!

DON’T discard the carcass, make a stock!!!  Add it to a large pot and cover with water.  Add salt, pepper, cut onions, carrots, and celery.  Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 1-2 hours.  Strain the stock and portion it out for various recipes.  It will keep for 5 days in the fridge or freeze it flat in freezer bags or containers for up to 5 months.

Use Rotisserie Chicken in these recipes for quick and easy dinners!

Chicken Mole Enchiladas, on a plate with cheese and cilantro on top. They are easy to make and delicious! The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the mole. I use my favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning.  It comes with a glass lid, which is perfect for watching your dinner cook!

You will also need a blender for pureeing the Mole sauce.

Finally, a casserole dish for baking the enchiladas to warm them through.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR MOLE ENCHILADAS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

For the Prep steps, you can chop and dice and measure and then stop.  Or move on to cooking the Mole.  You can do all of this ahead and store in the fridge and then on the night you want to serve, assemble the enchiladas and bake for 10 minutes.

As I said from the start, this Mole recipe is EASY.  But, to give it that complex rich flavor, it does have a bunch of ingredients.  So, I would get everything out and ready.  It starts with cooking the onion and garlic, then adding in the rest of the sauce ingredients.

Diced onion and garlic in pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Pouring broth into pan with all other ingredients in pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Shaved chocolate for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Sliced tortillas added to mole in pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

While onion is cooking, prepare the chicken. Cut off or pull the white meat off the chicken bones, discarding the skin. (see notes for how to use the bones!) Shred the chicken with fingers or forks.

Shredded chicken on plate for Chicken Mole Enchiladas.

Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Then return the sauce to the pan and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Pureed mole sauce being poured from blender to pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Transfer the sauce to a bowl, leaving a very small amount still coating the pan for the chicken.  Add the shredded chicken and mix with the mole. Add a tbsp or 2 of the mole if needed to coat all of the chicken pieces.

Shredded chicken in pan mixed with a little mole sauce for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

ASSEMBLE & BAKE YOUR MOLE ENCHILADAS

Assemble your enchiladas by placing a small amount of the chicken and then topping with shredded cheddar. Roll and place in a casserole dish. Repeat for all of the tortillas and chicken. Then pour the mole over top. You will likely have some mole left over, so save that for another meal or freeze.

Chicken Mole Enchiladas being assembled on counter. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously! Chicken Mole Enchiladas being assembled on counter. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Chicken Mole Enchiladas assembled in dish with spoon scooping mole sauce on top.  The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Sprinkle more shredded cheddar over top. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until melty.  Serve with your favorite garnishes, such as cilantro and sour cream.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken Mole Enchiladas, on a plate with cheese and cilantro on top. They are easy to make and delicious! The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Easy Chicken Mole Enchiladas (Enmoladas!) with Rotisserie Chicken

Chicken Mole Enchiladas, or Enmoladas, are amazing! The Mole sauce is thick and rich with a deep delicious flavor. It easy because (1) the mole cooks in a pan and purees in the blender (2) it uses rotisserie chicken, so you only need to shred it! The mole has tomato sauce, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices that balance so harmoniously with unsweetened chocolate and cinnamon for the amazing Mole flavor. #familydinners #enchiladas #chickendinners #easychickenrecipes

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword chicken, enchiladas, mole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 455 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Mole Ingredients

  • 1 Small Onion (1 cup diced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Adobo sauce (from Chipotle Peppers in Adobo)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 14-15 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 4 oz green chilis
  • 3 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 6" Corn Tortillas cut into strips/small pieces

Other Ingredients

  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken (or 2 cups shredded chicken breasts)
  • 12 6" Corn Tortillas (total of 14 needed including the 2 for the sauce)
  • 16-20 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese

OPTIONAL

  • 1/2-1 Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce for HOT Mole
  • 1 Small bunch Cilantro for garnish
  • 1 cup Sour Cream for garnish

Instructions

Prep Steps: Make the Mole and Shred the chicken

  1. Peel and dice the onion. Peel and chop the garlic. Shave or fine chop the chocolate. Slice the tortillas. (Everything will get blended later)

  2. To a preheated hot pan, add the olive oil, onions, and garlic. Turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently to ensure they do not burn. Cook for 5 minutes until translucent.

    Diced onion and garlic in pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!
  3. While onion is cooking, prepare the chicken. Cut off or pull the white meat off the chicken bones, discarding the skin. (see notes for how to use the bones!) Shred the chicken with fingers or forks.

    Shredded chicken on plate for Chicken Mole Enchiladas.
  4. Add the other sauce ingredients and cook, stirring just until the chocolate melts and everything is combined.

    Sliced tortillas added to mole in pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!
  5. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Then return the sauce to the pan and simmer on low for 10 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a bowl, leaving a very small amount still coating the pan for the chicken.

    Pureed mole sauce being poured from blender to pan for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!
  6. To the same pan with a bit of mole still left behind, add the shredded chicken and mix with the mole. Add a tbsp or 2 of the mole if needed to coat all of the chicken pieces.

    Shredded chicken in pan mixed with a little mole sauce for Chicken Mole Enchiladas. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!

Bake your Enchiladas:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.

  2. Assemble your enchiladas by placing a small amount of the chicken and then topping with shredded cheddar. Roll and place in a casserole dish. Repeat for all of the tortillas and chicken. Then pour the mole over top. (note: you will likely have some mole left over, so save that for another meal or freeze.). Sprinkle more shredded cheddar over top. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until melty. Enjoy!

    Chicken Mole Enchiladas assembled in dish with spoon scooping mole sauce on top. The Mole sauce has unsweetened chocolate, tomatoes, green chilis, garlic, adobo sauce, and spices blend harmoniously!