Not-Fried Refried Beans

These not-fried refried beans are such an easy, family favorite!

Not-Fried Refried Beans || Erin Brighton | gluten free | side dish | easy recipes
We LOVE these organic canned black beans …

We love to have beans with our tacos on Taco Tuesdays but I never buy canned refried beans anymore because my kids just wouldn’t eat them. Honestly, now that I make up these not-fried refried beans, I don’t blame them. This version is so much tastier!!

Grab a can of your favorite beans – really any type of bean will work. All you need is some onion, garlic, a little olive oil, and a dash of coarse sea salt and you will have yourself some yummy not-fried refried beans in minutes.

We love to get our black beans based on whatever is on sale! Some of our favorites are the organic black beans from Harris Teeter. Easy peasy.

Not-Fried Refried Beans Recipe

Not-Fried Refried Beans

This easy not-fried refried beans are a perfect side dish for Taco Tuesday
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1 can of beans , drained
  • 1 or 2 cloves garlic , smashed or diced
  • A few slices of onion , chopped
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Cilantro or parsley , chopped (optional)


  1. Combine the garlic, onion, coarse sea salt and olive oil in a small saucepan and heat on medium-low. Stir until the onion and garlic are almost translucent.
  2. Add the can of drained beans. Stir well to incorporate the onions and garlic. Heat through for a minute or two.
  3. Using a potato masher or pastry blender, mash the beans. Stir well. Mash again. If you want to add cilantro or parsley, add it at the very end. Serve!
Other favorite Taco Tuesday recipes … 

Black Bean Quesadillas and Cilantro Lime Rice

Chili Rice

Amazing Fish Tacos in Tequila and Lime

Shredded Salsa Chicken in a Slow Cooker

Turmeric Cauliflower Rice


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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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