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Easy Homemade Refried Beans

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Make these easy homemade refried beans at home. Use ingredients from your pantry to whip up this tasty side dish.

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Easy Homemade Refried Beans
Easy Homemade Refried Beans

This is a side dish that you never knew was so simple to make. A perfect homemade addition to any plate.

Enjoying Restaurant Food at Home

My brother-in-law makes authentic Mexican food all the time that we enjoy each time that the family gets together. However, he likes to cook alone in the kitchen. Therefore, I don’t get to see his tricks of the trade. He is a wonderful cook too!

I have tried refried beans from the can…no thanks! However, I know I have even seen him use the same can of refried beans from time-to-time. He will not tell me the secrets as he must doctor up those too.

Well, finally, I have refried beans figured out. Too bad it took so long as they are so easy!

Refried Beans Side Dish
Refried Beans Side Dish

This can be made quickly on the stove top with a can of pinto beans. However, if you would like to use dried pinto beans, you can do that too. It just takes longer as the beans will need to soften.

Classic refried beans are a Mexican staple side dish. When made correctly, they are smooth and delicious – our brother-in-law spoiled us.

Dried Pinto Beans
Dried Pinto Beans

Making Refried Beans with an Insta-Pot

This is truly a dump and go recipe for a cooker. Add the ingredients to your Instant Pot or slow cooker. If using an Instant Pot, press the “manual” button and select 25 minutes.

Use a Slow Cooker to Make This Refried Beans Side Dish

Add the ingredients to your favorite slow cooker and cook on high 6-8 hours. You may want to test the beans after six hours to see if they are tender enough. If not, let the slow cooker continue to do its magic.

Dried Pinto Beans Recipe Amounts

  • 2 cups pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 teas salt divided
  • 2 onions
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • ⅓ cup oil corn or vegetable

Serve your homemade refried beans topped with your favorite toppings.

Mashing Pinto Beans
Mashing Pinto Beans

I like to use a potato masher to mash the pinto beans rather than a mixer or blender. We like to have it just a bit chunky. However, you can mash until the beans are the consistency you prefer.

Part of a Delicious Meal

Get the Chile Verde recipe here.

Pork Chile Verde Served with Rice and Homemade Beans
Pork Chile Verde Served with Rice and Homemade Beans
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Easy Homemade Refried Beans

Make these easy homemade refried beans at home. Use ingredients from your pantry to whip up this tasty side dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy recipe, Green Beans, Mexican Recipes, refried beans
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 28kcal


  • 1 small Onion finely diced
  • 2 Tsp Bacon Drippings can use olive oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic finely diced
  • 1 Can Pinto Beans Do not rinse or drain (15.5 oz)
  • 1/8 Tsp salt to taste
  • 1/8 Tsp pepper to taste


  • Saute the onion in the bacon drippings until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to saute a few more minutes.
    Saute Onions and Garlic
  • Add the beans and bring to a simmer. Cook about 7-10 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Use a potato masher to mash to the desired consistency.
    Mashing Pinto Beans
  • Continue to simmer until smooth and thickened up.
    Simmering Refried Beans until thickened
  • Top with your favorite toppings. Serve
    Easy Homemade Refried Beans

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Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg
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