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Rachael's Spicy Vegetarian Refried Beans


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin (half a palmful)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 (14-ounce) cans black beans

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (Rach’s go-to is Frank’s)


Heat olive oil, a turn of the pan, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic, jalapeño, salt, pepper and cumin, and cook 5 minutes to soften. Add water and reduce to 2-3 tablespoons. Add beans and heat through.

Transfer beans to the bowl of a food processor and add lime juice and hot sauce. Process until smooth, adjust salt to taste.