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Refried Black Beans With Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • Total time: 20 minutes
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Calories: 257 kcal

Spice up taco night with these flavorful black beans. And use the homemade taco seasoning on meats, rice, bean, or nachos. Try the recipe now!


  • 1 15-ounce can drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Optional: squeeze of lime, chopped cilantro, diced onions, or chopped jalapenos


  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional for extra spice: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Reserve one heaping teaspoon for the beans. Store the rest in an airtight container, such as a small mason jar.


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add one can (15 ounce) of drained and rinsed black beans and 1/3 cup of water (or for more flavor, use vegetable or chicken broth).
  2. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of prepared taco seasoning.
  3. Stir well as bringing to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue to ‘mash’ with spoon or fork for about 5 to 7 minutes. Continue to stir/mash until you reach your desired texture (more mashing will produce smoother beans).
  4. Add more water or broth if thinner beans are desired (only a teaspoon at a time so not to over thin).
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Optional: add a squeeze of lime, chopped cilantro, diced onions, or chopped jalapenos as desired!

Shannon Fix, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian