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A forkful of refried beans.
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Low-fat Refried Beans

Refried beans are a perfect soft food for patients following bariatric surgery.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 85kcal
Author: Jennifer Pullman


  • Olive Oil spray
  • 1 can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ tsp  garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp  cumin
  • ¼ tsp  chili powder
  • ¼ tsp  onion powder
  • tsp  cilantro


  • Spray a saute pan with olive oil spray.
  • Add rinsed and drained pinto beans to the saute pan and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour broth into saute pan along with garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and onion powder.
  • Bring the pinto beans to a slow boil. Continue to boil until broth is reduced by half (about 3-5 minutes).
  • Using a potato masher mash the pinto beans until smooth. You may also use a blender.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Top with shredded Mexican Cheese if desired.


Serving: 1/2 cup | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.3g | Protein: 5.9g | Fat: 0.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 211.5mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Sugar: 0.6g