Easy Homemade Refried Beans

When you think of making homemade Refried Beans are you intimidated because the name makes it sound really complicated like there is deep frying involved? We’re going to let you in on a secret: making refried beans at home is so simple and well worth the (at most) 10 minutes it takes to make them. They are so much better than anything you can buy at a store pre-made! Our easy refried beans recipe makes a great addition to any Mexican inspired recipe, ranging from a spread in a layer dip, dolloped right on your taco or just dig in with tortilla chips! Oh, and it’s also gluten-free and vegan. Trust us, you need to make this ASAP!

bowl of healthy refried beans

Easy Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

The name refried beans is a little misleading as it makes you think that there is some sort of special deep frying happening twice with beans. But really refried beans means beans cooked twice! Homemade refried beans, with quality ingredients you control, is so much more flavorful and delicious than anything you can get store bought and it’s simply WORTH it to make. Plus, it takes less then 10 minutes! That’s so quick! And most of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry.

What do you need to make it

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • garlic
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can organic kidney beans or black beans
  • water or stock
  • lime
  • cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • cheddar or cotija cheese, for garnish (optional)

vegan refried beans in dip

Why we use canned beans

In our refried bean recipe, we start with canned beans. There are a lot of good options for purchasing canned beans that don’t containing additives, so using this option makes homemade refried beans super quick. If you have homemade cooked beans and wanted to use them in this recipe, that is fine. Just make sure that if they have seasoning in them already you may need to adjust the seasoning called for in this recipe. Use about 1-1/3 cup beans (or 15 ounces if you have a scale).

Ways to use this healthy refried beans recipe

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Easy Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

Cook Time 00:08 Total Time 00:10 Yields 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 14.5-ounce can organic kidney beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup water or stock
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar or cotija cheese, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot add garlic and spices and let cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add the beans to the saucepan and ¼ cup water. Cover and let cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Take off heat and add lime juice. Mash to desired consistency using a potato masher or fork.
  4. Set aside until ready to use in recipe, or serve as a dip and top with cilantro and cheese.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can easily double this recipe to make a bigger batch! 
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Zesty Chicken Bites

Zesty Chicken Bites | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

These Zesty Chicken Bites are the perfect healthier version of your favorite chicken nuggets!

They are low carb, flavorful, and completely gluten-free and grain-free. A reader favorite and loved by adults and kids alike!

Zesty Paleo Chicken Nuggets - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

While snowed in last week, I was craving an appetizer-like snack that I could make with the organic chicken breasts I had in the fridge.

I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve had chicken cutlets. My beautiful mom makes killer chicken cutlets.

 

Zesty Paleo Chicken Nuggets - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

She made them often growing up and then passed the recipe along to me years ago.

You can bet those days were filled with some delicious chicken parm.

Since those breadcrumbs are no longer in my diet, my task was set! Instead of the whole chicken cutlet thing, I went with bites (or nuggets), call it what you’d like.

And I made them spicy. Amazing. The perfect appetizer when entertaining or just for your football Sunday get together

The perfect appetizer when entertaining or just for your typical Football Sunday get together!

Zesty Paleo Chicken Nuggets - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

 These Zesty Chicken Bites are perfectly crispy. Your friends won’t even know they are healthy and gluten-free!

Read through the comments below to see how others have made this recipe their own!

Paleo Zesty Chicken Bites

Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 0:33 Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine almond meal/flour and all spices.
  3. In a separate bowl crack 1 egg and add 1/4 tsp water, whisk together well.
  4. Cut chicken into bite size pieces.
  5. Dredge the chicken pieces into the egg and toss until fully covered.
  6. Transfer chicken pieces to the spice mixture and coat evenly.
  7. Place on baking sheet; repeat until all are coated.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes then flip chicken bites over and cook for another 10-12 minutes until golden and crispy.
  9. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce!

Recipe Notes

  • *Depending on how many chicken pieces you use, you may need to increase the flour/spice mixture.
  • *Serving size will depends on how small or large you make the bites. Mine make about 20-25 chicken bites.
  • *Leave out parmesan cheese for fully dairy-free.
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