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Refried Black Beans Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Refried black beans or caraotas refritas --- as we know them in Venezuela--- it’s an easy and delicious vegetarian side dish. It can be made with only 6 ingredients.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Venezuelan
Keyword: refried black beans
Servings: 4 people
  • 2 220 gr cans black beans (or 300 gr dry black beans)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 sprig cilantro
For Dry Black Beans
  1. Soak the beans overnight. The water must cover the beans completely.
  2. In a big pot add enough water to cover the beans. Boil the beans for 1 and half hour until they are soft. Add more water if necessary. Don’t let the beans dry.
Refried beans
  1. In a big pan, heat the oil or butter over medium heat. Add the diced onion and the minced garlic. Cook for a minute until the garlic starts to get fragrant.
  2. Add the beans (remove excess liquid) and smash them partially.
  3. Season with the bouillon cube and the cilantro. Remove well to make sure the cube is evenly distributed. Cook for 8-10 minutes until you get a paste-like texture and serve.