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Homemade refried black beans

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Vegan side dish

Whether you shun anything canned or you simply have an abundance of black beans in need of a recipe, these refried beans are especially easy to make and taste better than anything you'll glop out of a can.

Vegan side dish

Homemade refried black beans

Serves 6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups homemade black beans
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced crosswise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until onion is softened.
  2. Sprinkle cumin and coriander over onion mixture and stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add beans and mash, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot.
  4. If you prefer a thinner consistency, stir in a little water.
  5. Serve hot, garnished with jalapeno slices, cilantro and lime wedges.

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