Kezia Hall

Holistic Nutritionist & Coach

Naturally Easy Dinners: Refried Beans and Guacamole

CATEGORIES:  Dinners + Lunch GAPS Recipes


After all the excitement of my Bake Off  series, with all the delightful sweet treats it involved and with Christmas on it way I am going to spend the next few weeks sharing with you some brilliant , savoury dinner recipes that are cheap, easy and delicious.

Today I am starting with a favourite.

I travelled to Mexico when I was 18 and lived there for 5 weeks and was introduce to re-fried beans. The stodgy, thick and fatty beans were amazing. Upon returning I realised that they were made mainly by deep frying beans which is not particularly healthy! So this recipe is my take on it. You can use pinto or haricot beans and require very few ingredients – onions, garlic, salt, oil and some chilli. I always serve it with guacamole, salad, soured cream and salad , and it takes about half an hour to put together if your beans are already cooked/from a can.

refreid beans

My favourite toppings!

 Warning this dinner is not going to win you any food beauty contests as it basically looks like brown mush topped with green (guacamole) and then white mush (soured cream) but it is easy, delicious and protein packed!

Beans/pulses – These are a brilliant and cheap way to get protein into your diet and feed the masses with minimal money. Whenever I am cooking for loads of people I always shove lentils in to make it stretch and although I love  quality happy meat I don’t like eating it all the time (neither does my bank balance) so bean are the perfect filling alternative.

Guacamole – I think I have an obsession I love guacamole and make it at any opportunity. Avocados are SO good for you body it seems a shame not to. Plus it is incredibly easy to make – I just use a mini food processor and it take 2 mins to create . I often make this as a starter when people are round for dinner.

Refried Beans and Guacamole

Kezia Hall
A quick and easy dinner based on the the Mexican classic, just a healthier twist!
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 2


  • 1 kg of cooked Haricot or Pinto Beans
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • Seasoning
  • handful of Fresh Coriander
  • A Red Chilli finely chopped - optional
  • 1-2 tbsp Ghee/Coconut oil for cooking
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • x2 Ripe Avocado
  • 1 Clove Garlic crushed and chopped
  • juice of a Lime or Lemon
  • Seasoning to taste
  • 2 Pinches of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Natural Yogurt/Kefir
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chopped Coriander


  • Place the oil in a thick pan and add the onion and brown for about 2 mins on a medium heat. Then add the bean and several 'grinds' of salt (1tsp approx). Keep the heat medium/low and stir regularly.
  • Stir the beans regularly,and add more oil where necessary, whilst making the guacamole. Place all the guacamole ingredients in a small blender and blend until smooth. Taste and add more salt/pepper where necessary.
  • Add the other ingredients to the beans, which should e looking like a thick paste - feel free to add small amounts (1-3 tbsp) of water to make it more liquid. Taste and add more chilli or salt to taste. Cook for minimum of 20 min but you can leave these cooking for a long time on a low heat - just stir and check regularly.
  • Serve on top of a bowl of salad, with soured cream and grated cheese or any topping of your choice.


This is great on it own or as a side for home-made chilli.

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