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Camellia Brand
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Easy Refried Beans

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  • 3 cups cooked Camellia Brand Pinto Beans
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • A few drops of liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Tortilla chips
  • Optional toppings: additional chopped cilantro, chopped red onion, and chopped green onion
Total time:
30 minutes
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
15 minutes


  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, cumin, chili powder and liquid smoke, and sauté for a minute or two.
  4. Add beans, and if they are a bit dry, add vegetable broth as needed. Stir and mash the beans with a bean or potato masher, so that they are no longer whole. Continue to mash beans until the consistency is as chunky or as smooth as you prefer. Add more vegetable broth as often as needed during the mashing process.
  5. Add kosher salt to taste, and stir in chopped cilantro.
  6. Serve with tortilla chips and optional toppings.