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1 cup
Prep time:
5 minutes
Cooking time:
10 minutes


1 ¼ cups or 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) cooked beans (pinto or other type)
1 Tablespoon oil
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin (or try substituting 1/2 teaspoon chili powder)


  1. Drain beans and reserve liquid. (Rinse canned beans to reduce sodium.)
  2. Heat oil in a skillet. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until onion is soft.
  3. Mash beans and cumin into onion mixture in skillet. Use a potato masher or back of a spoon.
  4. Add reserved liquid or water (1 Tablespoon or more) until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Cook and stir bean mixture on medium heat until heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • Try adding cilantro on top for more flavor.