The Vegan Cookbook Challenge #1: Refried Beans Recipe – January 2021

Hi all!

In 2020, I outlined the ins and outs of: The Vegan Cookbook Challenge! Click the title for more information.

Today I am sharing my very first post on the subject. Using a number generator, I landed on page 127 of The Vegan Cookbook For Beginners and the result was a simple recipe for Refried Beans. I am a massive fan of Mexican food so this was a great start! Without further ado, let’s see how I went below.



– 3 1/2 cups of cooked Pinto Beans

– 3 cups of Vegetable Broth

– 2 tablespoons of Chili Sauce (your choice)

– 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil 

– 1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic Cloves 

– 1/2 cup of Water 

– Salt and Black Pepper to taste


1.) In a saucepan combine the pinto beans, vegetable broth and 1 tablespoon of the chili sauce. 

2.) Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

3.) Set the beans aside for 10 minutes.

4.) In a heavy skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and remaining chili sauce and cook for 1 minute.

5.) Stir in the cooked beans along with the water.

6.) Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring and mashing the beans with a wooden spoon.

7.) Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.


I will admit, I used olive oil instead of coconut because I hadn’t realised my jar expired two years ago! I also used Frank’s Hot Sauce for the chili component. This was extremely easy and quick to make. It doesn’t look overly appetising but I enjoyed the taste. In future, I will use a salt-reduced vegetable stock as my one was a bit too strong. I topped it with two mint leaves from our garden and served it hot with tacos. It was a winner!

I hope you enjoyed this first post in The Vegan Cookbook Challenge! Let me know if you’ve made refried beans before and have any tips on how to improve it. Thanks for reading! 

Peace & Love xoxo 

2 thoughts

  1. This is such a simple recipe! I’ve always heard of refried beans but never know how to make it. Now I do thanks to your blog post 😄 I agree that using a low sodium stock is the way to go – and if it is too plain you can add your regular salt. Beans are so good for you and I am glad you like them my friend! My favourite kind of beans are chickpeas and these days I am really liking chickpea pasta (as opposed to regular pasta). Miss you and hope to see you again ❤

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