Refried beans

I don’t know why it never occurred to me to never try and make my own refried beans.   I have never really enjoyed beans until lately and the canned version of refried beans don’t taste very good to me.  I like to make my own cause I know exactly what is in them, plus I don’t have the slimmy film the can version has.  Did I mention you can just throw it in the crock pot and forget about it!

Crockpot refried beans

3 cups hard pinto beans.
1/2 onion cut into big chunks
3 chicken bouillon cubes
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion salt

I first rinsed my beans.  Dump into crock pot and fill with water all the way to the top.  Add in seasonings and onion.  Set the crock pot on high and walk away.   Its that easy
I let mine cook on high for about 8 hours.  I never stirred it but I did check it to make sure there was always water inside.  If it gets low then add a little bit.
When done I strained the beans, keeping the liquid.  I dumped into a bowl and with my hand mixer and pureed it all together. Now you add the liquid to the beans to the desire consistency you want.

You can add green chilies if wanted.  I also made some bean and cheese burritos and froze them.  I also froze the refried beans in the freezer to pull out at anytime.  They are just as good as the first day I made them.



  1. This is the first time that I visited your blog. Your refried beans in a crockpot are a great idea. Here, in Honduras, they use a small,dark red bean (looks like a small kidney bean) which I like better than the pinto beans.

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