refried beans

  • Yield:

    serves 2
  • Cooking Method:

    boiling & frying
  • Prep Time:

    15 mins
  • Cook Time:

    45 mins
refried beans

Home-made refried beans obviously require a lot more effort than scooping them out of a tin, but they are worth it for the flavour and the scent!! I love refried beans and home-made ones are hands down superior in every way. I use adzuki beans as my bod loves them, but you can use your favourite beans - black beans are the more traditional choice.


  • 1 tin of beans drained and rinsed (we use adzuki beans)
  • 2 cloves garlic bashed*
  • bunch of fresh thyme
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 onion cut in quarters
  • cold water REFRY PART
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 2 cayenne chillies chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ C passata
  • fresh coriander garnish


  1. Bung the beans, bashed garlic*, thyme, bay and onion into a large pan and cover with cold water. Pop the heat on, cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then simmer for about 20 mins & enjoy the aroma!

  2. Once you have completed that process, get a frying pan on the heat and add the coconut oil and the onion, allow the onion to sweat and then add the garlic and chillies.

  3. Once they have started to release their flavour add the beans from your pan, the fresh bayleaves and passata. If you need any water ladel some from your bean stock. Fry all together for about fifteen minutes and don't be gentle with your wooden spoon, mash up the beans a bit!

  4. I serve with fresh coriander leaves on top.


*if you have a herb bag use it for the first process, bung the herbs and garlic in it so that it's easier to get the beans out of the stock.