Vegan Refried Beans (a.k.a “Defried” Beans)

These vegan refried beans have all the delicious taste of traditional refried beans, but they’re vegan, fat-free, and significantly lower in calories.

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One thing that’s kind of annoying about not eating animal products is the fact that you have to put up with all the punny recipe names.  A girl can only take so many “Not-Dogs” and “Snobby Joes” (ok, that one is from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra and I actually think it’s pretty darn funny).

But now that I’m writing my own recipes, I discover that when these beans have no fat and haven’t even been fried once, let alone REfried, I’m reluctant to call them refried beans.

But I digress.  These are essentially refried beans, they taste delicious, they are vegan & fat free.  ‘Nuff said.

Vegan Refried Beans

Vegan Refried Beans

These vegan refried Beans have all the delicious taste of traditional refried beans, but they're vegan, fat-free, and lower in calories.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
Keyword: vegan refried beans
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 259kcal
Author: Jessica Verma


  • 3 cups Dried pinto beans
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp. Cumin optional
  • 7-10 cups Water or vegetable broth start with 7, you may add more later
  • 2-5 tsp. Salt again, start with less, it’s easy to add to taste at the end.


  • Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and heat on high for 4-8 hours (sorry for the wide time window, it kind of depends on how enthusiastic your slow cooker is. Check them every couple hours, once the beans are very soft you’re good to go.) Add more water/broth as needed to keep the beans just covered.
  • Once the beans are soft, use an immersion blender or hand mixer to puree the beans until they have the consistency of refried beans. Taste and add salt as needed.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 1033mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 3.8mg
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3 thoughts on “Vegan Refried Beans (a.k.a “Defried” Beans)”

  1. 5 stars
    These quickly became a staple in our home.
    They have so much flavour and I find them to be more delicious than any canned refried beans on the market.

    We’ve used them with a little grated cheese and salsa to put some life into our rice or mashed potatoes (I’m sure they would be great this way with chicken or beef too!) I’ve added them to stews and soups as well. And we also love them plain with chips or vegetables.

    Such a great recipe. Thank you so much for posting it!

  2. 5 stars
    love love love these! and are so easy to make 🙂
    Even tho I’m not vegan, were sooo much better than the canned stuff and none of the fat , so you can eat them without guilt.
    Will definitely have this again!