how can i make a can of refried beans in a can taste restaurant style?

i love refried beans from restaurants but i want to make mexican food and i don’t think i can make refried beans from scratch. is there a recipe for doctoring up canned refried beans so they’ll taste wonderful like in a restaurant?


  1. Carrie-Lee H says:

    You can add some cumin, a very common spice in Mexican cooking, and some hot sauce, there tends to be a bit of a kick in the restaurant refried beans. You may also want to add some cheese to melt in with them. Yum.

  2. Roy M says:

    Add red wine and some garlic.

  3. princessil0523 says:

    most canned refried beans are packed a little more solid that restaurant beans….they keep on the shelf longer the less water they have in them

    here is an easy way to dr them up…

    3 tbsp of lard, melted in a sauce pan
    add refried beans (18oz can) and add water SLOWLY until you achieve your desired consistency….bring to a simmer…add 3 tbsp more water, 1 tbsp of goya adobo, 1 tbsp goya sofrito. simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

    top with any mexican melting cheese, or queso fresco.,..youll be suprised how much flavor the lard and adobo add… you can also top with some chopped jalapenos if you want to add spice.

  4. freesumpin says:

    Better than restaurant! ::
    Saute bacon and onions in a pan then add a little cumin and drained beans until heated. Top with cheese.

  5. gwest4646 says:

    I toss in some Mexican style cheese and some “Pico Pica” hot sauce in mine and they come out better than restaurant. Sometimes you can add a bit of beef chorizo.

    Making me hungry.

  6. Eternals BlissyŠÉ¶ says:

    Refritos (refried beans) are actually very easy to do!
    32oz can pinto beans drained but keep the liquid on the side
    1/2 minced onion
    2-3 cloves minced garlic
    1/4 tsp cumin
    2 strips of bacon (actually you want to cook the bacon fat for the flavouring, if you do not have bacon handy a good large tbs of lard or oil will do, just not be as flavourful!) (Remove the bacon or add it if you want…great for nachos and quesadillos)
    Saute the onion in the fat/lard/oil for about a minute. Add the garlic and saute until soft. Remove from heat. Add the beans and about half the bean liquid and cook this on medium heat until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat, add the cumin and mash the beans with a potato masher or squish with a fork.
    I then like to add about a third of a cup of very strong cheese; rat cheese or extra mature cheddar or well, just about any. You don’t have to add the cheese but it makes it gooey and absolutely lovely!
    Salt and pepper to taste if you want.
    This is so easy we make this and scoop nachos in it.
    Don’t forget your beano!

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