Chocolate Refried Beans - a Mexican inspired version of refried beans with cocoa for added richness and umami flavours. It's a quick to make meal and always popular.
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Chocolate Refried Beans

This is a really quick recipe when you're in a hurry for something to eat. Cocoa enhances refried beans and makes them particularly rich with lots of umami notes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: black beans, cocoa, quick, refried beans
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 321kcal
Author: Choclette @ Tin and Thyme


  • 1 small onion - finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • glug of olive oil
  • knob of unsalted butter
  • 400 g tin black beans or red kidney beans (I used haricot beans the first time as that was all I had)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¬Ĺ tsp hot chilli sauce - I used my own homemade chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder


  • Fry the onion and garlic gently in the oil and butter for about 10 minutes or until translucent.
  • Drain and rinse the beans and add to the pan.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Mash roughly and serve.


Serve with tortilla chips, thick yoghurt or sour cream, chopped coriander or parsley and a green salad.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 795mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 247IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 4mg