Homemade Refried Beans

Let's talk Refried Beans... I love these little guys because they are good either by themselves or mixed with other ingredients and scooped with a tortilla chip. I love them, my family loves them, but what I don't like about them coming from a can, is the flavor and added ingredients like soybean oil, and yeast extract which has been linked to MSG and added sodium. Funny, I can make HOMEMADE REFRIED BEANS and not have any oil, msg and very little salt added to them and they are full of fabulous flavor that you won't find in a can.

Easy Refried Beans - Nothing but beans, spices, and butter

Homemade Refried Beans

 My friend Rhonda, shared her recipe for making refried beans a while back. When I finally decided to try my hand at making them, I only used a small amount of beans that were left over from supper one night. I only added the spices which were called for and mixed everything until super smooth, and I was blown away by how good they were.

The next time I made a larger batch and cooked the spices and onions with the beans. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING ~ these things were AMAZING! The full flavor came through and I was HOOKED! I made bean and cheese burritos for my men and they wondered about the "different" taste. They didn't know I whipped up the beans myself, so they were surprised at how good they were.

Making your own refried beans is EASY! All you need is a bag of dried pinto beans, water and time. I pick through the beans and rinse them off and put them in the crockpot full of water on low before I go to bed, and by midmorning the next day those beans are cooked. When I cook my beans, I don't add all the spices in because I'm usually cooking a huge pot full to be used for supper and refried beans.  I'll scoop out what I need for supper and then add the spices and the onion and let it cook for about an hour longer.

I mix my beans up in the mixer, because my husband likes the beans with a little chunkiness, then I'll take some and continue mixing them until smoother with my stick blender. I then mix both the chunky and smooth beans together. These freeze beautifully!

Homemade Refried Beans


3 cups dried pinto beans
1 Tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspon garlic powder
1/4 cup diced onion
salt to taste
enough water to cover beans
3 Tablespoons butter

Rinse the beans in cook water and place in your crock pot. Fill with enough water to cover the beans with a little extra water. Add the spices and the onions, cover and cook on low for about 5 hours, or overnight.

When the beans are cooked, scoop out the beans and place them in the mixer or food processor
with the butter and procss until smooth. Add a little of the bean juice while mixing to keep
your beans juicy without drying out. Serve or place in containers for freezing.

Easy Refried Beans - Nothing but beans, spices, and butter


  1. Hi Lori, I am glad you all like the beans. We like them too! I kind of make a mess when I make them so I make as big a batch as possible so I only have to clean up that mess once.

    This really fits with your eat less meat plan too

  2. Hi Rhonda, We love these! Thank you for sharing your recipe. I quickly learned when mixing them in the mixer, to put the plastic shield over the bowl. I had beans flying! My parents are coming out to visit next week and my Dad loves refried beans, so I made sure there was a bowl in the freezer with his name on it. The beans do fit in with our meatless plan, and Jamie loves having bean burritos as a snack during the day, so having these on hand helps with him. Thanks for visiting!


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