Best Way to Reheat Refried Beans | Easiest & Best Methods

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You can never make too many refried beans.

But in the rare event that they aren’t all eaten, how do you reheat leftover refried beans?

ways to warm up leftover refried beans
Don’t let precious leftover refried beans go to waste!

Easiest Way to Reheat Refried Beans

As with most leftovers, the easiest way to reheat refried beans is in the microwave.

In a pinch, using a microwave is a viable option. You need to be careful though. Refried beans can easily dry out when heated in the microwave.

Our advice on how to reheat refried beans in the microwave:

  • Place refried beans in a covered container
  • Heat on high for approximately 2 minutes (depending on how large of a portion you are heating)
  • Stir and reevaluate temperature
  • Place back in microwave for another 2 minutes, if necessary


Recommended Way to Reheat Refried Beans

If you aren’t under time constraints, and have the means, we recommend heating up your refried beans on a stovetop.

How to reheat refried beans on the stove:

  • Place beans in a pot over medium heat
  • Add 1 teaspoon of water (or broth for more flavor) to keep beans moist
  • Consistently stir pot to prevent sticking
  • Heat beans for approximately 4-6 minutes, until heated through
  • Adjust temperature to prevent boiling

How Long Can I Keep Leftover Refried Beans?

Refried beans are OK to keep for leftovers.

First, make sure that your beans are placed in an airtight container within 2 hours of the initial serving, and placed in the refrigerator.

Once refrigerated, refried beans can last approximately 3 days. Any more than 3 days and you are pushing the limit.

What Are Refried Beans Made Of?

what beans are used to make refried beans

Frijoles refritos as they are called in Spanish, is side dish made of cooked beans, seasonings, spices, and water, all mashed together to make an almost mashed potato-like consistency.

We don’t have to tell you how tasty they are. And if we do, stop reading this article and go try yourself some. You won’t regret it.

Refried beans are a Mexican staple. They are the perfect complement to enchiladas and burritos, and can even be used as a dip for tortilla chips.

The “bean” most frequently used for refried beans is the pinto bean.

While recipes vary, most refried bean recipes include garlic, chili powder, and canola oil. Refried beans though can be a very personal dish, and you have the option of mixing and matching ingredients to create your own special recipe.

Are Refried Beans Vegan?

Not always. Some recipes include the use of animal fat. When it comes to refried beans, there is no hard and fast rule. To determine if refried beans are vegan you need to know what ingredients were used.

Refried beans can most certainly be made vegan. Simply, ensure that you are not using lard that includes animal fat. Otherwise, the other ingredients typically used are all vegan approved.

Enjoy!

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To add even more variety to your menu, check out our article on how to buy, eat, and store papayas.

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