Daniel Fast "Refried" Beans

refried beans

When I was younger, I loved when it was taco night at our house. My Old El Paso taco shells would be packed and overflowing with ground beef, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and, of course, refried beans. Although my eating habits have changed quite a bit since those days, I’ve still found ways to enjoy my old favorite dish, even when I’m on the Daniel Fast.

Following is a recipe for “Refried” Beans that even the most inexperienced cook can prepare. Now, before you throw your hands up in the air, and say, “I thought fried foods weren’t allowed on the Daniel Fast,” let me assure you that this recipe is completely legal. There isn’t any frying involved.

“Refried” Beans can be eaten alone or used as a base for a taco salad. Just add your whatever toppings you like: avocado, brown rice, corn kernels, green onions, Super Easy Guacamole, lentils, shredded lettuce, Salsa, sliced olives, tomatoes, etc. You can also use this recipe to prepare South of the Border Pizza, and it works great as a dip with Tortilla Chips. Enjoy!

“Refried” Beans

2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, undrained
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Chopped green onions (green parts only)

Place beans in a medium saucepan, and heat over medium heat for 5 minutes. Mash until nearly smooth. Cook uncovered another 10 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add desired amount of green onions. Stir, and serve.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Recipe Notes

  • Substitute 1-2 garlic cloves (minced) for the garlic powder.


  1. Hi Kristen,
    Can any other beans be substituted for the pinto beans?

  2. Wilma Kirschner says:

    Can we have Tortilla Chips?

  3. Azalia De Leon says:

    Can I use any kind of olive oil for meals on my Daniel fast
    should I even start the fast? I recently was told from dr. to start taking a vitamin D supplement, iron and fiber.
    Thanks for the answer
    God bless you

  4. Pam Belgard says:

    Can you black or green olives on the Daniel fast??? Dill pickles??

  5. Zechariah Campbell says:

    Can i just use canned refried beans?

  6. This was an awful runny mess! Are the beans supposed to be undrained or was that a typo?

    • Hi, Wendy! No, I don’t believe it was a typo. But the texture shouldn’t be runny. Did you cook the beans at least 15 minutes so that the liquid could evaporate somewhat? Perhaps next time you might cook the beans a little longer. Or you can also use one can drained and one can undrained, if you prefer the beans to be more “solid.” Thanks for your question!

  7. Debra Hernandez says:

    I like to boil dry pinto beans and then place in olive oil in a pan get hot and then mash… You can boil a full bag and have extra.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    The beans once cooked can be puréed in the blender and then heat up in the pan with a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and once heat up you can dice some tomatoes and place it over the beans.