Pinto Bean Purée- Refried Bean Replacement

Refried beans are one of my favorites; nothing better than a bean tostada w picadillo-ish quinoa, vegan crema (coming soon) , lettuce and pico de gallo (also coming soon), or some salsa and onions! 

I think beans transcend culture, especially refried ones. Who doesn’t love creamy fattening stuff? Isn’t that what American comfort food is all about? 🙂 In all fairness though, not all of us have waistline to spare, so we have to come up with other plans.

I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a while and I hope you all like it. It’s packed with flavor, healthy, easy, and it tastes like refried beans. 🙂



3 cups cooked pinto beans (frijoles de la olla)

4 cloves garlic 

2 tbsp + 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 yellow onion, chopped

1/4 tsp cumin

1 jalapeño or serrano, sliced vertically


Heat olive oil on med- high – add jalapeño and let get some color; add onions- sauté until clear. Add garlic and cumin- sauté until fragrant.

Add beans (it is ok if there is a small amout of broth with the beans) and let them cook in this mixture a few minutes, stirring occasionally until beans are very soft (about 5 mins). 

Remove mixture except jalapeño add 1 tbsp olive oil to skillet and leave jalapeño in skillet; add to food processor and mix until super smooth.

Return beans to skillet, let them hang out on low with jalapeño for a couple of minutes 

Salt to taste


Buen provecho! 😋

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