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Authentic Refried Beans (Honduran Style)

Easy to Make and Incredibly Flavorful Honduran Refried Beans

These authentic refried beans are easy to make and so delicious! They make a perfect side dish for any Hispanic meal and can be used in Honduran dishes such as Baleadas and Pan con Frijoles. Get ready to enjoy refried beans the way they're made in Honduras.

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These authentic refried beans are smooth, delicious and packed full of Honduran flavor. They are easy to make, and when you use your Instant Pot to cook the beans, they are much faster and even easier.

Growing up in Honduras, there were always refried beans available in my home. They would be served at the table for breakfast, sometimes lunch, and always dinner. Other foods would complement them but refried beans were a staple and always present.

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What Can I Serve With Refried Beans?

Honduran refried beans can be used as a side dish to any Hispanic meal. They’re perfect with Chicken Tacos, inside burritos, with enchiladas, and more! Our favorite way to eat refried beans is in Baleadas! These are a Honduran tradition and my kids love them. They’re a simple Honduran street food and they are so delicious!

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You can also make Pan con Frijoles (Bread with Beans) with refried beans. These are a small piece of Honduran heaven. When we lived in Honduras, my brother would buy these from a local vendor, and bring us all bags of bread to the office. There were 10 in each paper bag, and I would literally eat one bag all by myself!

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Another way we use refried beans in Honduras is in Catrachas, or Honduran Tostadas. These are fried tortillas with refried beans, crema, and cheese on them. They are delicious!

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These authentic refried beans are also perfect as a part of a typical Honduran breakfast. This includes eggs, beans, sweet plantains, soft cheese, and tortillas. Yummy!

For all these recipes you will need a very important thing! My Homemade Honduran Crema! You will use it for everything!

Can You Freeze Refried Beans?

Yes! You can definitely freeze refried beans. This is a big batch of beans, and if you don’t have a large family as we do, you can certainly freeze them. We have frozen refried beans in the past and they were perfect.

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You can use large Ziploc freezer bags or smaller ones if you want to divide them into smaller portions.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Prep Tools & Utensils

Making refried beans on the stovetop is simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

Appliances & Cookware

Blending beans can be tough on blenders, so you will either need a blender with ample power or blend the beans in short bursts to keep your blender from overheating.

How to Make Refried Beans

For this recipe, you’ll need to start with cooked beans. I suggest you use my Instant Pot Red Beans recipe. Honduran authentic refried beans are made with small red beans. I always buy Central American Beans, sometimes labeled Salvadorean Beans. You can find them in the Hispanic section of your local supermarket. If you can’t get them, then you can use small red beans.

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Add the Red Beans and Bean Broth to a Blender

Once you’ve cooked your red beans, you will let them cool and put them in a blender with some of their broth.

Sauté the Onion

Before blending the beans, you will rough cut and sauté an onion in oil on the stove. You will allow the onions to almost burn but not quite. The smaller pieces will be charred while the larger pieces should be toasted a golden brown in the center and charred around the edges.

Blend the Beans

Once the onions are perfect, you will add them to the blender along with salt and cumin. You can now blend the beans until smooth.

Fry the Beans

You can now take the blended beans and add them to the same skillet where you sautéed the onions. You’ll need a little extra oil in there as well. You will sauté the beans by letting them sit for a few minutes and then mixing them. You can repeat this process of letting them sit and then mixing until the beans have reached your desired consistency. I usually just let them sit once or twice and they’re ready.

Once the beans are creamy and smooth, and they have thickened a bit, they’re ready to be used with all your favorite meals!

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I hope you enjoy my Honduran recipe for refried beans! Let me know when you try them in the comments below! And when you make them and love them, don’t forget to give the recipe a 5-star rating!

Honduran Refried Beans

A Blend of Red Beans and Toasted Onion Lightly Fried in Vegetable Oil

4.67 from 6 votes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Stovetop
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
25 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
These truly authentic Honduran refried beans are nothing short of amazing. They're how all refried beans should be made. You'll be very picky about refried beans after trying these. Easy to make and full of Latin flavor, they're perfect as a side for your next Mexican inspired meal, spread on tacos, stuffed in burritos, and so much more.
Cuisine: Honduran
Course: Side Dish
Category: Beans


  • 4 tbsps vegetable oil divided, I use avocado oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion rough cut, and toasted
  • 4 cups red beans cooked and cooled
  • cup bean broth cooled
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp fine sea salt or to taste


  • Make your red beans using my recipe for Instant Pot Red Beans. The recipe will yield enough beans and broth for this refried beans recipe.
  • Toast Onions: In a large heavy skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and then add the onion and cook until the smaller pieces are charred and most of the larger pieces are toasted a dark golden brown and charred around the edges, about 12 to 14 minutes. This adds a wonderful and distinctive flavor to the beans.
  • Remove Onions: Remove the onions from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add Remaining Oil: Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and allow it to heat up.
  • Blend Beans: While the oil is heating, add the beans, bean broth, toasted onions, cumin, and salt to a blender and blend until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides to ensure that all the onion is blended.
  • Fry the Beans: Slowly and carefully add the blended beans to the hot skillet, scraping them from the blender. Allow the beans to sit in the skillet frying for a minute or two before stirring to allow the bottom to toast. Then, stir them thoroughly to mix the toasted bottom into the beans. Allow them to sit for another minute or two to toast and thicken again. Stir once more. Remove from the heat and mix.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 222mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg

Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Honduran Refried Beans recipe your own.

Make the beans extra creamy. You can take these refried beans up a notch and make them even more creamy by adding 2 tablespoons of butter once they have finished cooking. Allow the butter to melt and then mix it into the beans. Yum!

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  • Lorens Jimenez-Estevez says:

    Hello! I’m planning on making these today! Please tell me, so I have to reheat some every time I’m going to use them or is it ok to use right out of the fridge?

    • Hi! You can reheat them in the microwave. You can reheat just the amount that you will be eating out of the fridge. You can also reheat them on the stove with a bit of oil. I personally don’t like cold beans. Hope this helps.

  • Abi says:

    Love all ur recipes!

  • Evgeniya says:

    So good!!! I ate these beans with a spoon right out of the frying pan. I am not ashamed…

  • RL says:

    I commented on your original bean recipe but wanted to let anyone Googling an authentic, restaurant-tasting refried bean dish to ABSOLUTELY make this recipe. We’ve been cooking beans in the IP for years now and we could not figure out how to get them to taste like our favorite Honduran restaurant. They told us about the red beans but I didn’t understand at the time and you’re right, charring the onion gives it a super authentic taste and can’t be rushed!!! I served the refried beans w/ homemade corn tortillas, crema, avocado, and queso fresco. Before I even sat down to eat my boyfriend was exclaiming about how delicious everything was. Thank you! Will enjoy cooking the rest of the recipes on your blog 🙂 My only comment to others would be to maybe hold off on adding extra salt to the refried beans if you already cooked the beans with salt and then taste as you go – I think it depends on the type of grain you use but mine were just a little salty. So good!

    • Hi RL! Wow, what a wonderful comment! I appreciate it so much! I am so happy to hear that you both enjoyed the recipes! You can try my crema recipe if you haven’t already then enjoy some baleadas! Where is the restaurant you mentioned? Would love to know. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and sharing your results!

  • Paige Overton says:

    I lived in Honduras for about 2 years about 30 years ago. My all time favorite Honduran food was Baleadas!! Love those things! I have not been able to duplicate their awesomeness. I can’t wait to try your recipes for the beans and crema. I loved the Honduran crema too! I have fond memories of picking up a hot loaf of French bread on my way home in the afternoon with a bag of crema to eat with the bread. So good! Thank you!

  • Robin says:

    Just made this tonight. Came out very tasty. Needed a lot of time on the stove to absorb the moisture and get to a firm texture. Plan to make Baleadas using your Crema recipe. My Honduran born husband is thrilled! Thank you for sharing these wonderful simple recipes. Lots of fun to make using the Instant Pot!

    • Hi Robin! What a great comment. I’m so happy the Honduran recipes are working out for you and your husband is enjoying them! I really appreciate you stopping by the blog and commenting!

  • Leslie says:

    Valerie, THANK YOU so much for your recipes! I have just finished making refried beans for tonight’s baleada supper. I am a gringa from small town Minnesota, but we lived in Honduras for 5 months and my son and grandson were there for 2 years. With your help, we will be all nostalgic over the dinner table tonight. And yes, this recipe was SUPER EASY. I started with small red beans cooked in the Instant Pot and next, on to the mantequilla and baleadas. Muchas gracias!

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