Easy Ranchero Beans

Meet your new side dish go-to. Our Easy Ranchero Beans recipe is so full of flavor it may even upstage your main dish. To make ranchero style beans, just sauté fresh ingredients in a saucepan then mix in a can of Old El Paso™ Traditional Mexican Refried Beans, it's that easy! These ranchero beans are quick, satisfying and, a simply amazing addition to any Tex-Mex meal!
Prep 15 Minutes
Total Time 20 Minutes
Servings 6

Ingredient List

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 jalapeño chile, chopped
  • 1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Traditional Refried Beans
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Cooked rice or tortilla chips, as desired
  • 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese, if desired
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook until starting to soften. Stir in tomatoes and garlic, cooking until tomatoes release their juices. Stir in salt, lime juice, chile and beans. Cook until mixture comes to a simmer. Stir in cilantro; continue to simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Serve beans with rice or as a dip for tortilla chips. Top with cheese.

Expert Tips

  • 1 lime yields about 2 tablespoons juice and 1 to 2 teaspoons grated lime zest.
  • When handling chiles, be sure to wear kitchen gloves to protect your hands and be careful not to touch your face or eyes. The seeds and membranes of chiles can cause burns. Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling chiles.
  • Try other varieties of Old El Paso™ traditional refried beans, such as spicy fat free, green chiles and vegetarian refried beans.
  • These beans are also amazing as a dip for tortilla chips.


  • 1 Serving Calories 150 (Calories from Fat 35);  Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 1g ,Trans Fat 0g);  Cholesterol 0mg;  Sodium 830mg;  Potassium 160mg;  Total Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 6g ,Sugars 2g);  Protein 6g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%;  Vitamin C 10%;  Calcium 4%;  Iron 8%
  • Exchanges: 1 Starch;  1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  1/2 Very Lean Meat;  1/2 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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