I get it! We get busy, we get tired, and sometimes we just don't WANT to cook! So here is my favorite, LAZY way of cooking Quick & Easy Fat-Free Refried Beans.
In case you're wondering, I do have a few Refried Bean recipes where I make them from dried beans. A stovetop version AND an Instant Pot version. And they are amazing and taste incredible and you know exactly what's in them, all that jazz.
But they do TAKE time! Even in an Instant Pot.
And sometimes..... ok a lot of the time, I'm just LAZY and just don't WANT to cook! Maybe it comes from being a food blogger for the last 7 years lol I don't know...
Anyway, I do like to use canned beans too, and this is my recipe (if you want to call it that) for making my favorite Refried Beans - the quick and easy way.
So with canned refried beans, sometimes they are cooked with lard, so you want to make sure you read the labels. I buy the Rosarita brand and I think they are available in most grocery stores.
Make sure you look for the NO FAT SALSA or NO FAT GREEN CHILE & LIME variety. Their Vegetarian Beans has oil, and so does their NO FAT Traditional. (weird - right?)
There may be other brands that have a vegetarian (no lard) and oil-free varieties..... as I said, if you are doing the oil-free thing like me, CHECK THOSE LABELS.
While you're out shopping for refried beans, pick up some canned pinto beans and a jar of salsa too, if it's not already in your fridge. Maybe a jar of roasted red bell peppers and some pickled jalapeños too. That's really all you'll need for this recipe.
I told you it was easy.
Quick & Easy Fat Free Refried Beans
This is probably THE easiest recipe I'm ever going to post. Seriously. And I'm using the word recipe VERY loosely here lol.
You'll need one 15oz can of Rosarita NO FAT Green Chile & Lime OR Rosarita NO FAT SALSA Refried Beans. Dump that in a small saucepan and add ⅓ cup of your favorite salsa. Turn the heat on LOW......and gently warm the beans, stirring often.
Then, drain a 15 can of pinto beans, give them a good rinse, them dump them in too. Gently stir to combine.
Finally, chop up a few tablespoons of Roasted Red Bell Pepper, pickled jalapenos, or whatever else you like in YOUR refried, and stir them in.
Heat on low until warm and bubbly.
And that is IT.
Simple, quick, vegan, plant-based, fat-free, oil-free, gluten-free, (did I miss any lol?), SUPER tasty, and only 1 pot to clean. I usually have some rice going in the background, and some veggies chopped up for either a burrito or burrito bowl.
It's nothing fancy, but it IS filling, and it IS tasty, and it IS nutritious. And, it's quick. Perfect for those nights you just don't want to slave over the stove.
Hope you like it, or maybe you have your own method? Regardless, I've love to hear down in the comments below.
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Quick & Easy Fat-Free Refried Beans
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 20 min
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
- Category: Beans, Soup, Rice
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Mexican, American
- Diet: Vegan
Sometimes we just don't WANT to cook! So here is my favorite, LAZY way of cooking Quick & Easy Fat-Free Refried Beans.
- 15 oz can fat-free refried beans
- 15 oz can pinto beans
- ⅓ cup salsa
- 2 Tbs roasted red bell pepper (optional)
- 2 Tbs pickled jalapeños (optional)
- Add refried beans to a small saucepan and heat on LOW
- Add salsa and stir to combine
- Drain and rise the pinto beans then gently stir them in
- Add peppers and stir to combine
- Heat on low until warm and bubbly
Keywords: refried beans, fat-free beans, oil-free refried beans
YES! When I don’t make my own (using the Instant Pot...SUPER easy!) these are the beans I use too! They are really good and GREAT for traveling...take along a package of corn tortillas, nothing needs refrigeration, and even if you don’t have a microwave available, they’re edible cold. Add a few pieces of fruit, some carrot and celery sticks, and maybe some bread and peanut butter and you can be self-sufficient for days. You’ll get bored with the food, but you won’t need to stop at a fast food place.
LOL! I hadn’t read the whole recipe. I meant the Rosarita salsa or green chili beans....