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a bowl of canned refried black beans swirled with chopped chives
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Creamy Canned Refried Black Beans

Creamy refried black beans are the ideal side dish for any Tex-Mex dinner. Loaded with garlic and a hint of heat, these are sure to be a hit!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: creamy beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 157kcal
Author: sara rose : aflavorjournal.com
Cost: $2


  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion*
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 15.5 ounces can refried beans** (1 standard can)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (or greek yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce (like cholula)


  • Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Add onion, cook 3-4 minutes until tender. Add the garlic and cook another minute until tender and fragrant.
  • Add beans, and mix thoroughly with the onion and garlic. Stir until smooth, then add the cumin and cayenne. Stir to mix.
  • Stir in the sour cream and hot sauce (optional) until fully combined.
  • Top with green onions, or any combination of tomatoes, white onions, jalapeños, cheese, etc.
  • Serve hot!


*White onion or yellow onion will work!
**Refried black beans OR refried pinto beans will work!


Serving: 1servings | Calories: 157kcal