How To: Make Canned Refried Beans Taste like a Restaurant’s

Turn a can of refried beans into restaurant quality in a matter of minutes! Only two simple add-ins and it’ll feel like you’re eating at your favorite Mexican restaurant, right at home!



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Mexican food is far and beyond my MOST FAVORITE food.  I never seem to tire of it.  Typically when you ask someone what their favorite restaurant is, it’s something they think of that is really special, like a special occasion type of thing.  Not me.  I always say my favorite little Mexican place.  The margaritas are good, the Dos Equis Amber is cold, the chips and salsa are homemade and the food is FABULOUS!

(plus I don’t have to dress up if I don’t feel like it, no judging, just good food.)


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I love how the refried beans at a Mexican place are so creamy and taste so much better than the canned stuff.  Did you know though, that making the canned ones TASTE like the restaurant ones is super duper easy? How do you say easy in Spanish?  — “fácil”




I used to have a friend many years ago that was Mexican, and she was a fantastic cook.  She told me that adding milk to the canned beans was her mom’s secret, and that works, too.  I have to say, though that adding sour cream is even better! It gives them just a slight tang with a smooth creaminess to them.



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This is one of my MOST POPULAR recipes on my site.  It happened almost instantly.  Who couldn’t love something so very simple??  Only 3 ingredients, and in no time, you will have a piping hot bowl of Restaurant Style Refried Beans.  Top them with cheese, like we do, to make them even better!



I’ll Drink to that!





Using this recipe, you can quickly turn these beans into a Restaurant Style Bean Dip!

Serve them up as a side dish or with a bowl of chips for dipping.  Either way, it’s a “ganador” (WINNER) of a recipe! I always buy the Old El Paso Fat-Free Refried beans, they always turn out perfectly, and they are lower in fat and have loads of fiber!  You can even use fat free sour cream and make these even more guilt free!






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Yield: 6 servings

How To: Make Canned Refried Beans Taste like a Restaurant's

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Whether you serve these refried beans up as a side dish, or a dip, you will love how easy it is to make a can of refried beans TASTE like they came from your favorite Mexican restaurant!

Cook Time

5 minutes

Total Time

5 minutes


  • 16 ounce can Refried Beans
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1-3 teaspoons of hot sauce (depending on the heat you want)
  • shredded cheddar cheese


In saucepan on the stove, or in a microwaveable bowl, stir ingredients together and cook until heated through.

Top with cheese and serve.

*Note: I use fat free beans and fat free sour cream and it works great!*

Can also be baked with cheese on top and makes a great (and EASY) dip!

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