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Camellia Brand
America’s Favorite: Pinto Beans

Kid-Friendly Refried Beans

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  • 1 1/2 cups Camellia Brand Pinto Beans, soaked
  • Water or no-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, as needed
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Add soaked beans to a pot. Cover with water or broth.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until tender (about 1 1/2 hours).
  3. When beans are almost done, sauté onions and garlic in oil, about 5 minutes, until onions are clear.
  4. Mash or process half of the cooked beans; add mash to onion and garlic. Add a little water or broth to the pan if bean mixture is too thick.
  5. Sauté mixture for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  6. Add cumin and remaining beans and continue cooking until warm.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ingredients used in this Recipe

garlic pinto beans onion olive oil cumin Broth