Skinny ‘Refried’ Beans

Remember when I said I was done with the Mexican recipes for a while? I lied.

So easy you'll never buy them premade again!

So easy you’ll never buy them premade again!

Isn’t a sign of addiction the loss of control over your usage? Well, I already broke my promise to stop with the Mexican food. It’s just my soul’s food song, what can I say. As a compromise, I decided to try putting a healthier twist on some standard Mexican meals.

As you may or may not know, refried beans are not a health food. Some versions involve lard being mixed in to give it that smooth creamy texture. Lard just isn’t something I try to work into my diet frequently. Worse than the lard laden restaurant beans is the infamous grocery store variety. Have you ever bought these? (*raises hand*) Have you had the experience of them clunking out in a brownish can-shaped blob? I generally try to avoid processed can-shaped blobs. Again, not the most appealing thing in the world.

But why should beans be banished? Beans are packed with stay-full protein and fiber. As one of nature’s most satisfying and easily accessible pantry-staples, beans deserve some time in the spotlight.

This brought me to a little kitchen improvisation. To be honest, I just didn’t have any other beans on hand. …Desperate times, desperate measures- wonderful creations!

These are totally guilt free and super good for you, all while filling that burning need for Mexican beans. This may not be the best recipe title, considering these beans are in no way fried. Actually, these can be made in 5 minutes in your microwave. That’s right, 5 freaking minutes. I just lost my excuse to ever buy the canned refried beans again.

[Cue Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’]

Skinny ‘Refried’ Beans

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp. Low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. salsa
  • Sprinkle of Mexican seasoning blend
Combine beans, salsa, and chicken broth

Combine beans, salsa, and chicken broth

Step 1: In a microwave safe dish, pour 1 can rinsed and drained beans (I like black beans). Toss in a tablespoon of chicken broth and your favorite salsa. If you prefer your beans a little creamier, throw in a dash of olive oil. I like mine on the chunky side. I like to sprinkle with Mexican seasoning because I enjoy bold flavors, you can great creative here.

Step 2: Pop that bowl o’ beans in the microwave for 1 minute

After 1 min in the microwave, get to mashing!

After 1 min in the microwave, get to mashing! (not a photogenic step)

Step 3: Using a potato masher, gently mash the beans mixture until you reach your desired consistency. I opted to put this back in the microwave for an additional minute prior to serving.

20150721_174757I like to pair this with some DIY Mexican rice (recipe coming soon) and simple grilled chicken. Healthy, satisfying and delicious- what’s not to love? Now just to perfect a healthy margarita…

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7 thoughts on “Skinny ‘Refried’ Beans

  1. Great idea! I do love refried beans and go for the vegetarian variety (no lard) if I do buy them. But this is obviously a better idea. Can you tell me what kind of Mexican seasoning you use? Is it something you mix up yourself?


  2. I’m with you. Mexican all the way. My fridge isn’t complete without fresh salsa and guacamole but have never got round to making my own. These refried beans looks great – you’ve inspired me to go make some. x


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