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enameled cast iron skillet of refried beans topped with shredded cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro

Homemade Refried Beans (3 Ways)

Take Mexican flavors over-the-top with homemade refried beans made on the stove top, Crock Pot, or Instant Pot! The perfect easy, healthy dip or side dish!

Course Dips & Spreads, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Soaking Time 8 hours
Servings 12 servings
Calories 62 kcal
Author Mary Harp

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place beans in a pot or large jar and cover with 6 cups water. The beans will absorb water and expand over time, so there needs to be enough water that they stay covered.

  2. Soak beans for a minimum of 8 hours, or up to 24.

  3. When ready to cook, drain and rinse.

  4. Add beans, 8 cups water (or broth), and all other ingredients except lard to a large stock pot.

  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer around 3 hours or until beans are soft and fully cooked.

  6. Drain beans, reserving bean liquid (aquafaba) for later.

  7. To re-fry, heat lard in a large skillet.

  8. Add cooked beans and fry for several minutes to infuse flavor into beans.

  9. Blend with a stick immersion blender or mash the beans with a potato masher, adding bean liquid until beans reach your desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

Refried beans in the Crock Pot:

  1. Soak beans for a minimum of 8 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, drain and rinse.
  3. Add beans, 8 cups water (or broth), and all other ingredients except lard to slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Drain the bean liquid and reserve.
  6. Add the lard or bacon grease, then blend with a stick immersion blender or mash the beans with a potato masher.
  7. Add bean liquid until beans reach your desired consistency.

Refried beans in the Instant Pot:

  1. Soak beans for a minimum of 8 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, drain and rinse.
  3. Add beans, 8 cups water (or broth), and all other ingredients except lard to Instant Pot.
  4. Cover the pot, checking the seal and components to make sure all is well.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 20 minutes.
  6. Once cycle is complete, allow to naturally release pressure, or do a quick release and open lid after pin drops down.
  7. Drain the bean liquid and reserve.
  8. Add the lard or bacon grease, then blend with a stick immersion blender or mash the beans with a potato masher.
  9. Add bean liquid until beans reach your desired consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Refried Beans (3 Ways)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 Cup)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 598mg26%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 197IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.