Saturday, September 17, 2011

Best Homemade Refried Beans Ever!

I got this recipe for homemade refried beans at a recent Enrichment, I mean Relief Society Meeting meeting, courtesy of  It is AMAZING!  One try and you will never go back to boring ol' refried mush from a can.  Once you make them, you can use them in burritos, tacos, salads, or whatever you use refried beans with.  Here is the recipe:

3 cups dry pinto beans (rinsed)
1 onion, diced
9 cups of water
5 teaspoons salt (I used less - because you can always add more)
1 3/4 teaspoon pepper
2 T minced garlic (I used about 1 - it's totally up to you)
1/8 teaspoon cumin

Put all ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for about 8 hours.  After they are done, drain all of the liquid out, saving the liquid!  Mash beans with a potato masher (I put mine in the blender because my beans were a little old) or whatever you mash with.  Add liquid, a bit at a time, to desired consistency.  Makes about 6 cups.  Freezes well.  Love 'em!


  1. I will have to try that -- do you *have* to use pinto beans? (I've got a ton of beans, just no pinto)

    1. Laura,

      I didn't even realize you had replied to the post! I don't know how I missed it. I am so sorry. I am sure you could use any beans, but I think Pinto are the very best. Hope you have been able to try them and hope you are doing well and that your blog is as successful as ever!

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