Making your own refried beans is easy and economical. There are many uses for refried beans: bean burritos, bean tacos, beans and cheese, bean dip and more.
They are inexpensive and very nutritious. Pinto beans are high in fiber, magnesium and potassium and can be purchased at any grocery store for around $1-2 a pound.
Most people purchase their refried beans pre-made in a can. While this is definitely an option, I think the homemade version tastes so much better and you can control the amount of salt in your own homemade refried beans.
My kids absolutely love refried beans. When you make your own refried beans you can also control the amount of salt in the recipe, which is great for people on a low sodium diet.
We prefer our beans with only salt and a little butter or fat added, but you can also add chopped onion and garlic to your beans to suit your taste preferences.
- 1 bag of dried pinto beans
- 1-2 tablespoons butter or bacon grease
- salt to taste
- Soak pinto beans covered in water all day.
- Cook overnight on low in a slow cooker with lots of water.
- In the morning, drain off most of the water and put in the fridge to cool. Beans should be cold before frying.
- Add butter or bacon grease to a frying pan.
- Add cold cooked beans and as much liquid from the beans as desired. The more liquid, the soupier the beans.
- Cook on medium heat.
- While beans are cooking start to mash with a potato masher.
- Continue mashing until desired consistency is reached. Ensure that the beans are simmering while being mashed.
- Add salt to taste.
- If beans are too runny, then cook a little longer and the liquid will boil off.
If you like to freeze your meals, freeze your beans after they have been cooked in the slow cooker but before they have been fried. Thaw in the fridge, fry and serve.
Here’s a video tutorial to show you how easy it really is to make these beans!
We used these beans on open tacos. This might be the quickest and easiest dinner in the world!
My kids love homemade refried beans and could hardly wait for me to take some of the pictures so they could dive into the beans and cheese.
If your kids love tortilla chips, refried beans are a great way to add a high protein, high fiber twist to a typical snack food.
Refried beans freeze well too! I usually freeze mine in quart size bags and which is enough for one meal.
You can find more delicious meal ideas at the The Happy Housewife Recipe Index.