Ben’s quick & easy Refried BEANS! Print Recipe Print Recipe


That’s right, my man’s here and he’s sharing his favorite beans with ya all.

I know, out of ALL thing, he chose beans.

Reason why, it’s about 80% chance that if you opened our fridge, you’d find a big container of his homemade refried beans.

I mentioned a while back that the Mr. will be visiting and sharing some of his favorite recipes with all of you. He’ll be here about every other week so if there’s anything you want to ask him or possibly see in the future, leave him a comment.



Why the refried beans? Besides to test your wife’s photo skills.

I like beans.

I also like that they have good protein, carbohydrates and are an excellent source of nutrients. You can dress ’em or dress ’em down. you’re not going to write that, are you?


What else can you add or make with refried beans?

Love Huevos Rancheros.

Lately, we’ve been eating them with sauteed leafy greens and a protein – chicken, fish or pork.

You can also make them with nachos or eat as a dip with corn tortilla chips.



Are you gluten-free as well? If so, is it by choice and how come?

Yes, and by choice.

I started with eating gluten-free bread, corn tortillas and brown rice pasta, then slowly stopped processed foods that contain gluten.

I noticed a difference. I felt better and even lost weight. After that I decided to continue eating gluten-free. I found I can still get my carbs through gluten-free foods and I also eat much more vegetables.


Are you a health freak? You kinda sound like one.

I don’t know about freak, but I enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. I can’t imagine that feeling after I eat shitty food being there all the time.





What blogs or bloggers, if you can recall, get talked about the most at home?

Joy the Baker because she does that eye brow thing. <note: we listen to her podcasts and she mentioned this eye brow thing &  he’s talked about her [& her friend] ever since. It’s probably the cutest thing, ever]


Your Wilson Philips friend.

<this all came out of his mouth, I kid you not>


Honestly now, who’s the better cook?

You. but not when it comes to refried beans.

But honestly, who’s the better cleaner? <I’m a horrible cleaner>




Question from readers

1. Do you two cook together or rotate cooking meals?

Considering we have a tiny ass kitchen, we cook in bulk [grains, veggies, meat] and then just throw things together or eat what Lisa recipe tested that day. We’re usually at the gym when most people sit down to eat and the thought of cooking an entire meal at 9pm doesn’t sound like fun.


2. Favorite gluten-free desserts you’d like to be served at a party?

First choice, ice with a gluten-free pie. Second, gluten-free cupcakes.

On the topic of desserts . . .  For super freak health nuts, ricatta cheese + vanilla extract + stevia. Tastes like vanilla pudding. It’s got good calcium, protein and low in fat. <I’ve actually never heard him say this, nor have I ever had it. Funny kid>



Enjoy Ben’s beans and have a wonderful weekend!


Vegetarian Refried Beans

PRINT Recipe


  • 2 15oz cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons of salt
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil


In a large bowl, combine 1 can of pinto and 1 can of black beans, and begin to mash. It’s easier when there’s fewer beans.

Add garlic, cumin, salt + pepper the second can of pinto and mash until combined. Add more seasoning if desired.

In a medium size skillet on low, heat olive oil.  Add about 1-2 cup of bean mixture, stirring occasionally until heated through, about 10 minutes.

Optional: Place 1/4 cup bean mixture in warm corn tortilla, top with salsa [or pico de gallo], avocado and fresh cilantro.


Store in airtight container. Good for about 1-2 weeks.

*gluten-free *dairy-free

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  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    These look so quick and easy, but I bet they taste great! Well done Ben! 😛

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    these sound delicious! ever since i’ve been preggo i’ve craved mexican (ok, that’s all the time too) and have been making it nonstop!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    Love this recipe! I have a great recipe for refried beans, but it takes quite a while. I love how quick this is. Thanks!

  • Katie

    Gah, I love you guys. Also, when I was pregnant, I ate those nasty refried lardy beans out of the can for breakfast sometimes. I couldn’t get enough. Where was this recipe 8 months ago?!

  • Kelley

    You and your husband are too cute. I can’t imagine having my husband cook or post for me. What would he make? Take out? Yeah. Beans, beans the magical fruit……….

  • Emily (Edible Psychology)

    Haha, what a fun post! And thanks very much for the recipe. I live in England, and for some reason, buying refried beans at the store in cans is really expensive… but we love Mexican food and eat a mostly veggie (as well as dairy-free) diet so refried beans are very helpful. I will absolutely be trying these soon!


  • Bev Weidner

    HA AH A HA HAH AH !!! I’m laughing so hard!

    Oooooh those beans look soooo good, for the LOVE.

  • Lesley

    Too cute and can’t wait to try the beans! I love that your man says shitty and ass on the blog. Keeping it real 🙂

  • Em Scott

    BEN for the win!!! love it. you guys need to come over together, i’m making gluten free pie.

  • Erin

    You two are so cute! Tell Ben nice job. Big (make that HUGE) fan of refried beans. love ’em. now I can make my own and feel good about it.

  • Luciana

    It´s Pico de Gallo the correct name of the sauce.

  • Jen @ pretty plate

    Ben’s beans are looking good! 

    Happy Friday

    : ))

  • Maria

    We love beans at our house! Nice post!

  • Charlene Michaud

    Great post! Love the pictures, as well. You did a very nice job capturing their yumminess! 😉 Have a great weekend!

  • lauren

    these look SO delicious!

  • Rivki Locker

    what a fun post! I loved reading your strategies for cooking in bulk and throwing meals together. and these beans look wonderful. 

  • Emily H

    I’ve never made my own refried beans! I’ll have to try these!

  • Tanja

    Looks so delicious! And i had great fun reading it too! But do you have a recipe for glutenfree tortillas? I live in Denmark and there are not a whole lot of glutenfree products in the stores, so it would be great to have a recipe for tortillas as they can be used in so many ways. Fantastic blog! Love Tanja

  • Anonymous

    Oh you poor thing! I haven’t made them myself, but thinking I should add that to my list! Here are a few recipes that stood out to me 1. 2. 3.

    Hope this helps and thank you so much for the sweet comment!