Nicaraguan refried beans

IMG_1802 IMG_1806Back when I spent the summer living in Nicaragua I literally lived off avocados, passion fruit, rosquillas and refried beans. No wonder I had a kick ass body then, nothing compared to my new post-baby body! Ok I’m getting off topic… Anyhow each week we would head to the popular local bar and hostel “Via Via” where tourists and locals mingled and we would all order frijoles molidos. It cost something like 3$ and that’s all we had for supper since it was so filling! Well I totally forgot about this dish until last week and I was suddenly filled with enthusiasm at the thought of savoring it again! My boyfriend really enjoyed it too and even finished mine! Now why not replace your usual nachos with these yummy refried beans?

Here is the recipe:

  • one can of small red beans or black beans (250g)
  • half of a medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of water (add until smooth consistency)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (add more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp of mustard (add to taste)
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Sriracha or any hot sauce to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese (to your liking)
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Purée the beans and 1/4 cup water in a blender until smooth.
  3. Add onion, mustard, garlic, hot sauce, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Adjust the consistency and taste.
  4. Place the mixture in small shallow oven dishes or one big one (I used my coquille St-Jacques dishes). Add shredded cheese over the beans and cook about 15 minutes in the oven.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.

That’s it! Enjoy the taste of Nicaragua folks!


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