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This is an easy hack for How To Make Canned Refried Beans Taste Like Restaurant Style! You can serve these as a side dish or as a dip. The secret ingredient is a stick of butter!
It costs about $1.80 to make this canned refried beans hack. The recipe makes six servings, so that is just $0.30 per serving!
These beans are perfect to use in Mexican dishes such as our Mexican Lasagna, Easy Homemade Navajo Tacos, or Taco Pizza.
How o Make Canned Refried Beans Better
We love making Instant Pot Refried Beans, but sometimes we don’t even have the time to make our refried beans recipe from scratch with dry pinto beans. However, we do not necessarily love the taste of the canned version.
That’s where this how to make refried beans better recipe comes in. These are the beans without the work of cooking dried beans.
This recipe solves all our problems! It is quick, easy to make, cost-effective, and tastes like eating beans from local Mexican restaurants instead of cans.
These faux homemade refried beans are creamy and cheesy. With a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy the creamy texture of these refried beans.
Take a couple of extra minutes the next time you need easy refried beans and upgrade your can of beans into a cheater restaurant style the whole family will love.
The creamy refried beans are perfect for dipping tortilla chips into, using in a bean dip or breakfast tacos, or serving as the perfect side dish alongside some Mexican Rice. This delicious recipe is an excellent addition to your next Mexican meal.
Ingredients & Cost:
- 16 oz can refried beans – $0.88
- 8 Tablespoons salted butter – $0.80
- 1 Tablespoon Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce – $0.02
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin – $0.03
- 2 Tablespoons Monterey Jack cheese – $0.07
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- First, using a medium saucepan, add the refried beans, piece of butter, hot sauce and cumin.
- Next, heat the ingredients over medium-high heat until the butter has melted, for about 4-5 minutes. Stir the mixture often.
- To finish, transfer the beans to a serving dish and top with shredded cheese and if desired, slices of jalapeño pepper.
***See the recipe card below for full instructions.
RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Cheddar cheese, Mexican cheese blend, or Pepper Jack cheese can be used instead of the Monterey Jack cheese.
SERVE: After sitting at room temperature for two hours, place the beans in an airtight container in the fridge.
FREEZE: Once cooled, place the beans in an airtight container before placing them in the freezer. Freeze for up to 2 months.
DEFROST: Defrost the beans overnight in the refrigerator.
REHEAT: When reheating the beans, you may need to add some cups of water, depending on the amount of beans you are reheating, to help get the beans back to their creamy consistency. Start with one Tablespoon of water until the desired consistency is reached.
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring spoons
The best way to preserve the beans is to put them in an airtight container to store in the fridge with open or leftover beans.
Yes! You can freeze beans by placing them in an airtight container before placing them in the freezer. When reheating the beans, you may need to add some cups of water, depending on the amount of beans you are reheating, to help get the beans back to their creamy consistency. Start with one Tablespoon of water until the desired consistency is reached.
We prefer to heat our canned beans on the stovetop in a saucepan. However, if you are short on time, you can place them in a microwave-safe bowl and warm them in the microwave.
GET KIDS INVOLVED
Ages 2-3: Have your little one sprinkle the cheese on top of the refried beans. They will be happy to put the finishing touch on the beans!
Ages 4-5: Work on measuring skills with your child as you show them how to count and measure a stick of butter. Guide their hands as you teach them how to slice the stick of butter into pieces.
Ages 6-8: Ask your child to pre-measure the ingredients. They can then add them to the skillet and stir together the mixture.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Do you love Mexican food as much as we do but don’t love the cost of eating out? For less than two dollars, you can take your refried beans to the next level! Save money on eating out by making a store-bought can of beans taste like you are eating beans from your favorite restaurant!
We recommend stocking up on cans of refried beans when they are on sale at the grocery stores so you can easily make them into your own refried beans whenever you want.
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How To Make Canned Refried Beans Taste Like Restaurant Style
- mixing spoon
- Measuring spoons
- 16 oz can refried beans
- 8 Tablespoons salted butter cut into 16 pieces
- 1 Tablespoon Valentina Mexican Hot Sauce
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 Tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- Sliced jalapeños optional
- Place the refried beans, cut up pieces of butter, hot sauce, and cumin in a medium saucepan.
- Heat over medium-high heat until the heated through and the butter has melted completely, about 4-5 minutes. You’ll want to stir often.
- Transfer the beans to a serving dish and top with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and sliced jalapeños(optional).
Dana Sandonato says
This is such a great recipe! And my kiddo loved being involved. Really enjoy your tips for kids. He’s under 3 so sprinkled the cheese on top and he definitely felt like a total salt bae, but with cheese. Haha.
Wow! I love this hack. The beans turn out so creamy! I’m making them like this every time.
Aimee Mars says
Well, this is a nice little recipe hack to have on hand! I’m going to do this now every time I prepare refried beans at home.
Wow! This turned out amazing! I was hesitant about using so much butter because I thought it would be too greasy. It blended in nicely though and made for a super creamy dish. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Jess Jankowski says
Amazing, right?! Thanks for trying it and sharing your feedback!
My go to refried beans ! Super simple and turns out creamy and delicious every time.
Jess Jankowski says
Yay! Thanks for letting us know!
Michael Peterston says
An ENTIRE stick of butter? You’ve got to be crazy!
Jess Jankowski says
Oh, it is CRAZY good! Have you tried it?