Looking for a Mexican side dish that's ready in a pinch and can be made ahead? Look no further than these Healthy Refried Black Beans with Chile and Lime!
Course: Side Dish
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: healthy black bean recipe, healthy refried black beans, mashed black beans, refried black beans recipe
Author: Whitney Reist | Sweet Cayenne
2tablespoonsneutral-flavored oil(such as grapeseed, canola, avocado)
½teaspoonchile powder, preferably ancho
½ teaspoon ground cumin
1(14.5 ounce)can low-sodium or no salt added black beans (do not drain the juices)
½ teaspoon black pepper
2tablespoonsfreshly-squeezed lime juice
Cotija cheese, for topping
Place a skillet over medium-low heat. Add the oil, followed by the minced garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook for 30 seconds, stirring continuously. Add the can off black beans, including the juices, and cook for 10 minutes, simmering and stirring occasionally to heat through.
Use the back of a wooden spoon to smash the beans into the juices. Continue to smash until the mixture becomes creamy, with some beans remaining whole or partially broken. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, pepper, lime zest and juice. Transfer to a bowl, top with cotija cheese, and serve immediately.