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4.8 from 5 votes

creamy 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
Author: sara rose : aflavorjournal.com
Cost: $2


  • 1 T butter
  • 2 small clove garlic minced
  • 2/3 cup white onion finely chopped
  • 1 can refried black beans 15.5 oz
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/3 cup sour cream light works!
  • 1 Tbps. 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 cayenne and cumin. Stir to mix.
  • Stir in the sour cream and hot sauce (optional) until fully combined.
  • Top with any combination of tomatoes, green onion, jalapeños, cheese, etc.
  • Serve hot!


The cayenne can be adjusted to your preference, and the hot sauce is totally optional! Start small and add as you like.
Use this as a layer inside of quesadillas, as a flatbread base, or as a side. It's very versatile.
I didn't find a need for salt and pepper, but always add some if you feel it needs it!