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Chipotle Refried Beans

28 min





10 ingredients or less

Chipotle adds a spicy, smokiness to this refried bean recipe. It's no exaggeration that we've eaten this by the spoonful, it's so good. Have it with baked tortilla chips, raw veggies, crackers, or loaded into wraps and sandwiches.


(½ cup per serving)


28 min


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  • 1
    medium onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 3
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp (6 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    paprika powder
  • 1
    vegetable bouillon cube
  • ½ tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch
    ground black pepper
  • 3 cups (510 g)
    cooked pinto beans
  • 1½ cups (360 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    chipotle sauce (optional)
  • ½
    lime, juiced

Optional garnishes

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  1. To a large pan, cook the onions and oil on medium-high heat for 5 - 7 minutes.
  2. When the onions are golden, add the garlic, cumin, paprika, bouillon cube, cayenne, and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute, breaking up the bouillon cube and letting the spices get fragrant and toasty.
  3. Add the beans, water, and chipotle, stir and simmer uncovered on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer half of the cooked bean mixture to a tall container or bowl and blend with a immersion blender. Alternatively, blend in a regular standing blender until creamy and smooth.
  5. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to roughly mash the remaining beans in the pan. Optionally you can mash the whole batch of refried beans by hand or blender, depending on if you want a chunkier or smoother texture. We liked ours with a bit of texture.
  6. Add the blended portion of the beans back into the pan of mashed beans, along with the lime juice and stir to combine.
  7. Allow it to slightly cool before serving. Top with fresh cilantro and chopped onions if desired. Enjoy!


  • * Reduce the amount of water if you would like a thicker spread, more suitable for wraps.


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Anna - July 22, 2021, 4:53 p.m.

Absolut best! Usually make this to use in burritos, but most of the time, half of it will be gone already once I get to assemble them because I end up eating it by the spoonful. Heaven!

Clémentine - July 10, 2021, 12:58 a.m.

Great recipe ! I had never made refried beans but have since made it a few more times, easy and tasty !

Ana - July 9, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

Great Recipe! I already made it 3 times. Thanks for the amazing site guys.

Dhrumi Thaker - July 8, 2021, 8:18 p.m.

pickuplimes is literally the BEST page ever! And this recipe is tooo good!!!!

Sioned James - July 5, 2021, 11:05 p.m.

I made this to go into the freezable breakfast wraps! My local shop was out of refried beans and on looking at the recipe I had all the ingredients, or a suitable alternative, at home. Wow, this was so easy but so reason to buy shop-bought again! Thanks so much for sharing, the new website is out of this world! Looking forward for the breakfast wrap in the morning - I have three in the fridge and the rest in the freezer 😁❤️☀️

PUL Team - July 8, 2021, 6:17 a.m.

Thank you for the wonderful feedback, Sioned, it means so much! We're thrilled you enjoyed the recipe and are liking the new website 😃

Franziska - July 4, 2021, 11:16 a.m.

That's a wonderful recipe, thanks a lot for sharing it with us! It's so easy, quick and yummie! Due to availability I substituted the pinto for red kidney beans, which - at least for me - works great as well :)

PUL Team - July 4, 2021, 6:06 p.m.

We're so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Franziska! A lovely substitution 🤗

Amelie - June 23, 2021, 10:46 a.m.

I would like to make this recipe, it looks delicious! But I wonder if the chipotle sauce is actually the tabasco hot sauce, like shown in amazonFresh list, or do you mean more a chipotle dipping sauce?
Best wishes :)

PUL Team - June 24, 2021, 6:05 a.m.

Hi Amelie, thank you for pointing this out and apologies for any confusion this may have caused! We did not use tabasco, but rather, a chipotle sauce. It is optional though, in case you're local grocery story doesn't carry it 😊 In case you're interested, the one we used is this one:… I hope this helps for now!