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Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans

Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans

Beans are perfect for cooking in the slow cooker because they cook well low and slow. I have an old post in the archives on refried beans from the first year I blogged, but I decided it was time to share an updated recipe for Slow Cooker Mondays.

It is the same basic idea, but I have changed up a little how I make them. The old post was not really in a recipe format and the pictures really needed updating. Oh those early days of blogging….

Homemade Slow Cooked Refried Beans

Refried beans are inexpensive to make at home and so much better. I love to make a large batch of homemade refried beans and put them in the freezer for tacos and other Mexican food.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still keep cans of refried beans on hand for busy days, but homemade refried beans are delicious and less expensive when made at home.

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  1. This is how I make my refried beans too. I scoop them out on parchment paper using my ice cream scoop and freeze them before tossing each frozen scoop in a baggie.

    If I’m using them as a side dish, I’ll thaw/heat just one or two – a main dish, two or three. So easy!

    My son calls them “refried ice creams.” 🙂

    • I love that idea for freezing them! That would make it so easy to take out just a little bit and have it thaw quickly. Thanks for sharing that!

  2. Brandette W. says:

    This is exactly how I make my pinto/refried beans too! I just made a huge batch over the weekend. I use 1 1/2 large bags of the pinto beans from Aldi, then add in cumin, garlic, the Knorr mexican bouillion, chili powder, black pepper, minced onion, diced jalapenos. I let it cook all day on High, by about 7-8 hours the beans are nice and tender and starting to fall apart.

    I then scoop them out with a 1-cup measure and place into quart size freezer bags. I freeze them until I need them for dinner. I defrost the bag in my fridge, then reheat in the microwave. If the beans are a bit drier and don’t contain much of the cooking liquid, I will add a splash or two of milk. Then I mash with my potato masher since we like chunky style.

    I grew up eating canned refried beans. Never have been a fan, they just never ever taste like the mexican restaurants. Growing up in Southern CA where good mexican food is a staple, I knew what they were supposed to be LOL. So a few years ago, I decided to make my own. It is SO much cheaper, taste delicious, and I can always have them on-hand and ready to go! Aldi to the rescue yet again.

  3. Katy McCoy says:

    This recipe doesn’t have chili powder in it but the older post does. Have you found it better not to add the chili powder?

    • If you like the spiciness add chili powder. I do both depending on what I want and what I think I will use them for. It does add a little extra flavor with the chili powder.

  4. Doesn’t anyone fry the beans first before mashing? I’ve never eaten them without frying them first.

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