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Crockpot Refried Beans

Crockpot Refried Beans

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I LOVE refried beans…probably too much. (Is there such a thing as too much love for refried beans?) I have ALWAYS wanted to make my own , but was convinced you needed to be a Mexican cuisine aficionado to pull them off…Not so my busy mom friends. These beans were not only SUPER tasty, but they were easy peasy. I literally threw stuff in my crockpot and went about my business. Nothing to it.

Here is what you’ll need to make crockpot refried beans.I mean seriously…how good do these look?? I can’t wait until our next family potluck (where we often default to Mexican food), so I can bring these!


3 cups dried (and rinsed) pinto beans


5 chicken bouillon cubes

1 large onion, cut into THICK slices (so you can remove them later!) (I used Walla Walla sweets!)

2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on size)

1 T salt

3 T butter

To Prepare

1. Rinse your beans under cold water, and add to your crockpot.

2. Fill your crockpot almost to the top with cold water.

3. Add the bouillon cubes, onion slices, and salt. Peel your garlic, and give the cloves a good whack (to release some of the juices), but leave them whole. Add these to the mix.

4. Cook on high for about 3-4 hours. Check your beans to see if they are soft, and stir the beans a few times during the cooking process.

5. When beans are soft, drain off the excess water (reserving about a cup or so to use when you blend the beans!), and remove the onions and garlic.

6. Using a hand blender, mix the beans until smooth, adding in the cooking liquid as needed. Add in your butter, and blend until smooth and the desired consistency. I blended my beans until they were completely smooth, but if you prefer to have some whole beans in your refried beans, you can mash them to the level you enjoy.

That’s it! One bite of these beans, and you will wonder why you’ve been eating canned beans all your life. These have so much flavor, and are SO easy to make! Enjoy!!

*This recipe was adapted from a recipe found at Chef in Training.

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  1. This looks delightful! Can you clarify for me – what size crock pot did you use? Do you think this would work with black beans?

    • Thank you! They really ARE delicious (and easy!) I have a 5 qt. crock pot. I am pretty sure you could use the dried black beans…I don’t see why not! Enjoy!

  2. So if your making a big batch of these beans & have leftovers; could you freeze them & for how long….thanks busy mom & now grandma or hays to my grandson:)

    • Hi Melissa! I consulted with my team of freezer meal gurus, and they said that YES you can definitely freeze the refried beans. I think they would be fine for 3 months. Enjoy!

    • Thank you so much I can’t wait to try!!!!

    • I’ve honestly never tried canning refried beans. I know that they can be tricky to can due to their viscosity. If you try it and it works for you – let me know!


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