Homemade refried beans are infinitely better than canned, and keeping some of the beans whole adds more texture to the dish.
Test Kitchen Tip
Keep an eye on the beans as they cook. If they become too thick, thin them with a little water.
Soak and cook beans according to package directions. Purée half the beans in a food processor.
Sauté garlic, cumin, chili powder, and coriander in oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat until garlic softens but doesn’t brown, about 2 minutes.
Stir puréed and remaining whole cooked beans into garlic mixture; reduce heat to low.
Add ½ cup water; cook beans until water is absorbed. Continue adding water in ½-cup increments and cook beans to desired consistency. Stir in 1/4 cup scallions, salt, and lime juice.
Transfer beans to a serving dish; keep warm. Garnish beans with queso fresco and remaining ¼ cup scallions just before serving.
Per 1/4 cup
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 83mg 3%
Carbs 12g 4%
Fiber 3g 12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.