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20 Minute Skillet Refried Beans Recipe

The perfect side dish - Skillet Refried Beans that are ready in 20 minutes! This recipe uses a shortcut of canned pinto beans, but you would never know from all the flavor in this dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 20 minute skillet refried beans, one skillet meal, refried beans
Servings: 6
Calories: 246kcal


  • 2 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans  pinto beans (DO NOT rinse and drain)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit if you don't want the heat)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add diced onion and saute for 4-5 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic to melted butter and onions and saute for another minute.
  • Add pinto beans (don't wash and drain them first - just dump in the whole can), cumin, chili powder and cayenne powder to skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes or until beans are heated through.
  • Using a potato masher, mash beans until they become the consistency that you prefer (my husband likes them completely smooth while I prefer them to be a little chunky. You could also put the beans in a blender to make them super smooth).
  • If desired, top with some shredded cheese and fresh cilantro.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg