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Half-Smashed Drunken Refried Beans

Homemade flavorful version of refried beans using a few shortcuts. This recipe is great for a side dish or to serve as a dip. Grab some tortilla chips and dig in! This recipe was created in partnership with Bush’s Beans.

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Homemade flavorful version of refried beans using a few shortcuts. This Drunken Refried Bean recipe is great for a side dish or to serve as a dip. Grab some tortilla chips and dig in!

I’ve been eying this refried bean recipe from Bush’s for a while now. Refried beans are one of my favorites when eating Mexican food whether it be as a side dish with rice, part of my taco salad or as a dip for our chips. I love refried beans (even more so when made vegetarian). I have to admit, I’ve always just opened them straight prepared from the can not even considering making them on the stove top myself like this. I doubt I’ll do that again, the few extra steps taken to make them this way was definitely worth it.

Homemade flavorful version of refried beans using a few shortcuts. This Drunken Refried Bean recipe is great for a side dish or to serve as a dip. Grab some tortilla chips and dig in!
This refried bean recipe came together so easily and is so delicious, it’s definitely going to be a regular part of taco/taco salad night in our house. I adjusted a few things in the original recipe based on what I had in my house, for example instead of chicken stock I used more beer, making these refried beans a bit “drunk” (kinda like these ). I also didn’t have any chili beans so I used all pinto beans and added some chili powder for flavor. Now obviously, if you don’t like your beans drunk, stick to the original recipe and use chicken stock instead of beer.

Homemade flavorful version of refried beans using a few shortcuts. This Drunken Refried Bean recipe is great for a side dish or to serve as a dip. Grab some tortilla chips and dig in!Grab some tortilla chips and dig in!

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Half-Smashed Drunken Refried Beans

Yield: about 4 servings

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

Total Time:45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) can BUSH’S® Low Sodium Pinto Beans, undrained (use regular if low sodium is unavailable in your area)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can BUSH’S® Low Sodium Pinto Beans, drained (use regular if low sodium is unavailable in your area)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup Mexican or other beer (I prefer a dark Mexican beer like Modelo Negro)
  • 3/4 cup salsa, mild or spicy
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
  • tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. Add one can of pinto beans (undrained) and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder to a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat and mash gently with the back of a fork.
  2. Gently stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a slow boil. Let simmer over low heat for 20 minutes until some of the liquid has cooked out. Let cool down for about 5-10 minutes, or until slightly thickens, and serve.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips, in tacos or taco salad or with rice.

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Pinto Bean Burritos

Pinto Bean and Pepper Salad

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Quinoa Salad with Avocado Dressing and Pinto Beans | Rachel Cooks

Spinach and Pinto Bean Enchiladas with Cojita Cheese | Eats Well With Others

(Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans. As always, opinions are my own.)

Homemade flavorful version of refried beans using a few shortcuts. Grab some tortilla chips and dig in!

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16 comments on “Half-Smashed Drunken Refried Beans”

  1. These sound amazing! I’m a mega refried beans fan. 🙂

  2. I love love beans! Such a versatile, yummy protein. Oh, and I’m definitely opting for the beer 😉

  3. Nothing like a little drunken bean to liven up the party! 😉

  4. Refried beans? AMAZING! And I so love making them at home because you make them much healthier. I like the idea of leaving them more on the chunky side

  5. ooo these look so good. great side for quesadillas.

  6. I love these! Pinning for later!

  7. This sounds like such a nice dinner!! Love it!

  8. I could dig right into this! It looks so wonderful!

  9. I want to be half smashed! Oh…

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  11. Sounds great. Anything I could substitute for the beer? Chicken broth?

  12. This sounds great! I actually make up my own in the crock pot and freeze portions (it is less expensive for me feeding a family of 7). Next time I mix up a batch, I am using this recipe. Yummy.

  13. Aggie I am CRAVING these beans right now! Whoa baby!

  14. Just impressive!

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