Vegetarian video recipe: Mexican refried beans

Refried beans is a staple of Mexican and Latin cuisine made from mashed beans. The name is based on a mistranslation, as frijoles refritos really means "well-fried beans" not "fried-again beans," a great misnomer especially when the dish is prepared by baking rather than frying the beans.

This bean dish is very versatile and can be used as the main portion of the meal, as an accompaniment or even as a dip. Here's a wonderfully easy and quick-to-make recipe for Mexican refried beans: collect the ingredients below and watch how Nicko prepares this dish in his video by Nicko's Kitchen.

frijoles refritos


  • 1 1/4 cups white beans (canned) or optional *dried pinto beans, soaked overnight in water
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • small bunch of fresh coriander
  • fresh coriander and sour cream to serve