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15 Best Recipes with Refried Beans

These tasty recipes with refried beans take the guesswork out of what to make with them!

If you’re anything like me, you have a couple of cans of refried beans in your cupboard.

Thankfully, the internet has given us so many ways to use up those refried beans in style.

From breakfast to dinner, refried beans can be a great addition to many dishes.

Homemade Refried Beans with Lime and Chips
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Whether you’re craving Mexican pizza or chips and dip, I have you covered. Here are 15 of my favorite recipes featuring refried beans.

1. Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Okay, we all know breakfast casseroles are a go-to for brunch. But this Mexican version brings the fiesta straight to the breakfast table. 

Layered corn tortillas, refried beans, and hash browns are smothered in enchilada sauce.

Don’t forget the poblano peppers, zesty seasoning, and cheesy sauce!

This recipe is written vegan. However, you could easily add chorizo, breakfast sausage, or eggs for a meaty casserole.

2. Refried Bean Enchiladas

Simple cheese enchiladas are all the better with refried beans and mushrooms. This is an easy, vegetarian recipe for dinner in a pinch.

For this recipe, you can use homemade refried beans, or easily grab a can from the cupboard.

The refried beans are rolled in corn tortillas with sauteed mushrooms and onions.

Bake your rolled enchiladas covered in enchilada sauce and Mexican cheese. It’s bubbly, cheesy, and so easy!

3. Cheesy Refried Beans Casserole

Take your appetizers to the next level with a warm and cheesy refried bean dip. Whether served as a snack or a side, this casserole is always delicious.

You can easily make this casserole in the oven, or in your slow cooker.

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Sauteed onions, jalapenos, and garlic are stirred into seasoned beans and chicken stock.

Serve as a party snack or a side dish for your favorite Mexican dinners.

4. Mexican Pizza

Whether or not Taco Bell has its taco pizza, this Mexican pizza can always be made at home.

This vegan Mexican pizza is perfect for fun with friends. 

For a quick version of this pizza, use corn tortillas rather than making pizza dough.

Top it with refried beans, onions, peppers, and your favorite vegan cheeses

Using salsa in place of a traditional pizza sauce makes this pizza a total package. 

5. Crispy Bean and Cheese Burritos

You just can’t go wrong with a bean and cheese burrito, especially if it’s pan-fried to warm and crispy perfection. 

Roll up seasoned refried beans, salsa, and cheese into flour tortillas before frying.

Serve them with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole for dipping.

Make a double batch, and store them in an air-tight container in the freezer for dinner in a hurry. 

6. Refried Bean Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic enchilada sauce. But these bean enchiladas and spicy cheese sauce are *chefs kiss* perfection.

The enchiladas are filled with refried beans, peppers, mushrooms, and carrots.

The best part of this recipe is the creamy, cheesy, spicy sauce the enchiladas are baked in. 

The best meals are enjoyed with all your senses, and these enchiladas certainly fit the bill!

7. Refried Bean Burger

Vegan eaters rejoice! Long gone are the days of dry, flavorless, and boring bean burgers.

The bean patties are made with onions, ginger, garlic, and spices for optimal flavor.

You add chickpea flour, oat flour, and bread crumbs for a patty that holds together.

Load it up, or keep it simple. You can’t go wrong with a bean burger like this one!

It has perfect flavor and texture, and it’s a vegan burger anyone will love!

8. Paul McCartney’s Refried Bean Tacos

Taco Tuesdays and meatless Mondays are here for a mashup with these vegetarian tacos. I swear, tacos are the ultimate meal!

Warm the refried beans with tomatoes and onions before making your tacos.

Corn tortillas that are lightly browned and filled with seasoned refried beans? Yes, please!

Serve them with homemade guacamole, roasted veggies, and fruit for a balanced dinner. 

9. Ground Beef Tostadas

Tostadas in my kitchen often come from overfilling my tacos. An open-faced taco, loaded with all the fixings? Sign me up.

These tostadas are made with beef taco meat, refried beans, and toppings as desired.

Layer your fried corn tortillas with beef and beans, and enjoy!

10. Chicken Chimichangas

Chimichangas are a comfort food from my childhood. Every time I find a new recipe for chimis, I know I have to try them.

Let me tell you, these do not disappoint. 

These crispy deep fried chimis are filled with beans, shredded chicken, and cheese. Mix the filling ingredients together for a bit in every bite.

You can freeze a batch of these chimis and bake them to reheat at a later date. 

11. Huevos Rancheros

Breakfast is all the better with refried beans. Huevos rancheros are a classic and hearty start to any day of the week!

This healthy Mexican breakfast is made with salsa, eggs, and refried beans on a tortilla.

If you’re looking for a flavorful and simple breakfast, this is the one!

You can easily adapt this recipe to add avocado, meats, and cheeses to your liking. 

12. Layered Taco Dip

No party is complete without fiesta dip and chips! Call it what you want, but it’s simple, tasty, and a crowd-pleasing appetizer. 

Season the refried beans with a packet of taco seasoning, and start your layering!

Those layers can include sour cream, salsa, lettuce, cheese, olives, and more.

I love to add a layer of guacamole and switch out salsa for fresh pico de gallo. Customize your bean dip to just how you want it! 

13. Salvadoran Pupusas

Authentic grilled pupusas are a hidden gem of Central American cuisine. They’re essentially a stuffed, grilled corn cake.

Start by making a simple masa harina dough disk to pile on your fillings.

This recipe is for black bean, shallots, scallions, cheese, and cilantro. 

There are so many fillings for these savory cakes, but beans and cheese are the best. They’re simple, savory, and so darn delicious.

14. Veggie Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice & Refried Beans

As comforting as a carb-filled burrito is, healthy Mexican food is just as delicious.

Burrito bowls are the easiest way to take your favorites and turn them into low-carb.

There are loads of ingredients you can add to a deliciously healthy burrito bowl.

Cauli rice, refried beans, and your favorite taco toppings are a must.

These bowls are a great meal-prepping recipe to get your lunches ready to go on the weekends.

Spice them up, or keep them simple. Your bowl, your way!

15. Cemita Burger With Refried Beans

As if juicy burgers aren’t good enough, this recipe will change your life.

All the deliciousness of a taco and a burger is mashed into one delicious sandwich.

After cooking your burger patties, spread the refried beans on your bun and get to the fixings. YUM.

15 Best Ways to Use Refried Beans

Try these recipes with refried beans for tasty, easy meals! From breakfast casserole to enchiladas to pizza, there are plenty of great uses for them.


  • Mexican Breakfast Casserole

  • Refried Bean Enchiladas

  • Cheesy Refried Beans Casserole

  • Mexican Pizza

  • Crispy Bean and Cheese Burritos

  • Refried Bean Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce

  • Refried Bean Burger

  • Paul McCartney’s Refried Bean Tacos

  • Ground Beef Tostadas

  • Chicken Chimichangas

  • Huevos Rancheros

  • Layered Taco Dip

  • Salvadoran Pupusas

  • Veggie Burrito Bowl with Cauliflower Rice & Refried Beans

  • Cemita Burger With Refried Beans


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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