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Recipe: Elevated Canned Refried Beans

You've got a can of refried beans, and you're in the mood for some great Mexican food. This simple and quick single-pan recipe adds loads of flavor to otherwise humble canned refried beans, elevating them to greatness.


  • 1 can refried beans

  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped

  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • Salt to taste

  • 1/4 tsp Accent


  1. Preheat a medium skillet (preferably cast iron) under medium heat.

  2. Add 2 tbsp olive oil, and heat until shimmering.

  3. Add onions and toss with a dash of salt. Let sit until edges brown (about 2 minutes). Stir and continue browning until onions are nicely caramelized and somewhat translucent.

  4. Add minced garlic and stir. Wait for about 1 minute until the garlic "blooms" and you can clearly smell the aroma. Don't overcook.

  5. Add 1 can of refried beans, and mix thoroughly. Add additional olive oil (1 TBSP) if necessary to bring to a smooth paste consistency.

  6. Add Accent and stir thoroughly. Stir in additional salt to taste, and serve!

I use these refried beans for tacos, quesadillas or as a standalone side dish.

Bon appetit!

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