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Easy Vegan Refried Beans

Easy Vegan Refried Beans

We always talk about how good beans and legumes are for you. I used to think it was an absolute mission to include legumes in my family's diet so I would avoid them like the plague. After coming up with this vegan refried beans recipe I've completely changed the way I think about them. 

The recipe itself is super simple, you can have the beans cooked ahead of time and store them in the fridge overnight. This way, when you need them you can just follow 4 easy steps and have your vegan refried beans ready in less than 20 minutes. You'll be saving a whole lot of time there. 

If you look at the pictures of our vegan refried beans you might think it's not the most eye-pleasing dish we have at But believe me, its creamy texture and absolutely delicious flavour will have you and everyone else coming back for more. 

Like everything in life, when you first start transitioning into a vegan lifestyle there's gonna be an adjusting period. Legumes can be particularly difficult if they haven't been part of your diet before. Fortunately, there's always a way to make things easier on ourselves. 

Easy Vegan Refried Beans ingredients

This is something I learned when I first started moving towards veganism. I had some real struggles and I was desperate for a solution. We are about to get a bit personal here but hey, we're like family, right? 

I'm just going to say my digestive system was not happy at all, think bloating and everything that comes with it. It took me about a month of regularly eating different kinds of legumes until my body was well adjusted and I could feel safe to be around people. 

TMI! Sorry!!

But these are the things no one talks about and can be a deal breaker of a beautiful vegan love story. We need to know and I'm willing to take one for the team. So, if you ever encounter a similar situation I have a good tip for you to use. Whatever is giving you digestive problems just add cumin. As simple as that but it really works. 

Easy Vegan Refried Beans in a pot

Cumin is a herb that has a load of benefits for the human body. In particular, the digestive system since it contains a good amount of sodium and magnesium. But the property we are interested at the moment is the considerable amount of essential oils it contains which make it a carminative herb. And herbs with this property help relieve from gas troubles. Say no more!

You can eat legume safely from now on. I for instance, like a pinch whenever I can. This vegan refried beans recipe is intended to go with our vegan scrambled eggs recipe. But now, I also serve them with a handful of different dishes like tacos, burritos, sautéed veggies, etc.

Moral of the story, make sure you've included cumin in vegan refried beans. Let me tell you, it's an absolute life saver…at the very least a social lifesaver!

Easy Vegan Refried Beans spoon side

Prep time
5 minutes
Total time
Category: Sides
Serves: 2
Allergens: Tomatoes


  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans
  • ½ tsp dried smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsps maple syrup
  • 1 medium red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tsps white wine vinegar


  1. Heat up the olive oil and soften the onion in a frying pan for about 2-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the spices for 2 mins, followed by the tomato paste, maple syrup and vinegar.
  3. Add the beans and water and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Mash the beans a bit with the spatular or fork, add salt and adjust taste, add more water if necessary.

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