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Refried Bean Dip + 3 Bean Options!

Refried Bean Dip + 3 Bean Options!

Quick and easy refried bean dip loaded with creamy beans, flavorful toppings and tons of taco flavor! This healthy Mexican bean dip can be made with Instant Pot Refried Beans, Slow Cooker Refried Beans or canned refried beans!

Make a batch of air fryer tortilla chips and smoked queso (or Rotel Dip), grab a cold Michelada or Mango Michelada and dig in!

Refried Beans

As mentioned above, there are 3 routes you can take in the refried beans department:

Instant Pot Refried Beans Make healthy and homemade refried beans from scratch in just 90 minutes. Most Authentic Mexican Refried Bean Dip route.

Instant Pot Black Beans This recipe lists out how to turn black beans into refried black beans, perfectly creamy for dip!

Slow Cooker Refried Beans Low and slow but very hands off!

Canned Refried Beans Hack– Grab two cans of your favorite brand of refried beans (note – not Tostitos Bean Dip or Tostitos Bean and Cheese Dip). This route is quick and easy.

Instant Pot Refried Beans in a white bowl topped with cheese, jalapenos and cilanto.

If you prefer making beans in the Instant Pot, check out our other Instant Pot Beans RecipeInstant Pot Pinto BeansInstant Pot Kidney BeansBlack Eyed Peas and Instant Pot Red Beans and Rice.

Dip Topping Ideas

Toppings are the best part of hot bean dip, next to the crunchy tortilla chips! Here are a few of our favorites!

Many of these toppings are what we use on our Chili Cheese Dip.

Mexican Bean Dip Recipe Variations

Refried Bean Dip With Cream Cheese

This bean dip recipe is for refried bean dip without cream cheese, however you can easily mix some in if that’s your jam. To make Cream Cheese Bean Dip, add 4 oz. of softened cream cheese to the beans before heating. The cream cheese will melt as the beans heat up.

Layered Refried Bean Dip

If serving to a large crowd it may make sense to make a more “layered bean dip” as to make it easier to serve. Just grab a large casserole dish and start with the refried beans. On top of the beans add the sour cream and salsa followed by any other toppings you select.

Taco Dip with Refried Beans

Our recipe includes spices typically used in authentic Mexican recipes: cumin and chili powder. To amp up the taco flavor add a tablespoon or two of Chicken Taco Seasoning

Air Fryer Tortilla chip with bean dip being held close to the camera.

Mexican Recipes

Bean dip can be enjoyed solo with tortilla chips OR as the perfect side dish to most Mexican recipes including, Frijoles Charra, Carne Asada, Carne Asada Taco, Carne Asada Fries, Carne Asada Nachos, Steak FajitasChicken FajitasMexican Chili VerdeSlow Cooker CarnitasSous Vide Corn on the CobMexican Shrimp Cocktail or even Chicken Enchiladas.

Or stuff inside Arepa Con Queso!

Recipe Tips

How Long Can Homemade Bean Dip Stay In The Fridge? If you have leftover bean dip, transfer it to an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Is Bean Dip Served Hot or Cold? Just like there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s, there’s no wrong way to eat this refried bean dip.

Are Refried Beans Keto? Sadly, no. They contain almost 14 net carbs per 100g serving.

Air Fryer Corn Tortilla Chips next to a bowl of refried bean dip.

Drinks That Go With Bean Dip

When enjoying Mexican Recipes, we always reach for a Mexican Mule, Michelada or Margarita.


Refried Bean dip in a white bowl surrounded by chips, a napkin and cilantro.

Creamy Refried Bean Dip

This easy refried bean dip is loaded with creamy beans and tons of taco flavor! This healthy Mexican bean dip, can be made with Instant Pot Refried Beans, Slow Cooker Refried Beans or canned refried beans! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cinco De Mayo Recipes, Dip Recipe, Game Day Appetizer, Refried Beans
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $6.00




  • Make the Instant Pot Refried Beans, Slow Cooker Refried Beans or canned beans. If using canned beans, heat them up in a sauce pan on the stove, over medium heat, until hot.
  • Stir in the lime juice, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin and salt. Taste and add additional seasonings, if necessary.
  • Transfer to a shallow dish and top with avocado, tomato, onions, cheese, cilantro and any other toppings you select. Serve with tortilla chips.


Note 1 - Bean options include: 1 batch of Instant Pot Refried Beans, 1/2 Batch of Slow Cooker Refried Beans or (2) 15 oz. canned refried beans.
Note 2 - You may need extra lime juice and cumin if using canned beans.
Nutritional information is estimated. Calculations use canned refried beans.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 683mg | Potassium: 167mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg
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