Homemade Refried Beans

Some foods are pretty good when you buy them pre-made. Refried beans are one of them. Many of the store bought varieties are decent. However, making your own is both easy and there is a notable difference in flavor and texture. I prefer homemade when I have the time.

If you like your beans a little spicy, add a couple of chopped chipoltes and the adobo sauce they came in to the beans at the end of mashing.


1 lb pinto beans

1 yellow onion, fine dice

1 carrot, fine dice

2 stalks celery, fine dice

4 c chicken stock (vegetable stock if you want to go vegetarian)

4 heads garlic, crushed

3 T salt

3 T cumin

2 T dried oregano

1 T sweet paprika

4 T neutral oil (canola, grapeseed, or similar)


Place all ingredients into a crock pot. Cook on high setting for about 3 hours, until beans are soft.

Drain beans of any excess water.

Heat four tablespoons of a neutral oil in a pan (some people prefer bacon, which can be an option here). Add the beans to the pan. While cooking over medium heat, mash the beans with a potato masher until they are mostly smooth. Adjust salt and cumin to taste.

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