Mexican Re-fried Beans

What I love about Mexican food is the use of fresh ingredients and the combination of flavours.  This dish, combined with a beautiful green salad, ticks all the boxes of a well combined meal, especially with beans being such a great source of protein and fibre.  It is a light but satisfying meal that is great for entertaining too.  


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in pan on stove. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add spices and stir it with the onions.

Add your beans, tomatoes, salt and pepper and carefully stir so that the beans heat up but don’t get too mushy. Cook until tomatoes have become soft.

If you like a little heat, you may chose to sprinkle some chili flakes.

There are so many options for how to eat this dish. It can be part of part of a Mexican fiesta with guacamole and corn chips, it can be served with rice and salad or can be used as a side dish to any animal protein you desire.

Serves 2-4


Keren is the founder of Vital Assurance, and hopes to bring to you her passion for healthy eating and living.