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Quick + Easy Refried Beans

Serves: 2-4
Add this easy side dish to your repertoire and you'll always have a simple, go to way to make your family smile.


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  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1, 14 oz can pinto beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ lime or less as desired, juiced
  • Rizo Bros Grated Cotija, to serve
  • Cilantro, to serve


  1. Drain most of the liquid from the pinto beans, reserving ¼-½ cup of the bean liquid.
  2. Heat a small saucepan over medium low heat and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the garlic and saute until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beans, chili powder, paprika, cumin, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a splash of the reserved bean liquid. Simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash with potato masher, adding another splash of the reserved bean liquid as desired for thinner consistency.
  4. Remove from heat, then serve topped with the cotija and cilantro.