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5 from 6 votes

Best Canned Refried Beans

This recipe brings the luscious creamy flavor of Mexican restaurant style refried beans right to your kitchen!  Easy and fast!  It's ready in less than 10 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Canned Refried Beans, how to cook refried beans
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker


  • 2 Tbs Bacon Grease   see notes for substitutions
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • 1 16 oz Can Refried Beans
  • Cup Sour Cream
  • Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded Cheddar Sour Cream and chopped green onion for garnish


  • In a saucepan or frying pan over medium heat on the stovetop place 2 Tbs Bacon Grease and allow it to melt and get hot.  Look for rippling in the surface of the grease to know that it is hot.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook till onion is soft, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the can of refried beans (it will be chunky).  Break the beans up with your wooden spoon. See notes if beans won’t break up and stir in.
  • Once the beans are smoothly mixed in, add the sour cream, cheddar cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper and mix well.
  • When heated through, taste the beans and see if they need salt.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot



If you do not have bacon grease, use vegetable oil (or any cooking oil) or butter.  Seriously though, the bacon grease really adds flavor.
Sometimes canned refried beans are difficult to break up and stir into the mix.  You can add vegetable oil 1 Tbs at a time to help loosen them.
Serve in a bowl for dipping chips and garnish with shredded cheddar, a dollop of sour cream and some chopped green onions.
You can also serve as a side dish to your other Mexican foods.


Calories: 200kcal