Easy Crock Pot Recipes – Refried Beans!

Crock Pot Recipes - super easy refried beans in the crock pot

I love sharing crock pot recipes!

We eat Mexican food at least once a week.  Refried beans always accompany any Mexican meal in our home.

I usually make a big pot and freeze half for another meal in tupperware or a gallon size freezer bag.

Here is a super easy one to add to your crock pot recipes!

Easy Crock Pot Recipes – Refried Beans!
Recipe Type: Crock Pot
Author: Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 8 hours
Total time: 8 hours 5 mins
Serves: 12-15
I usually cook 2 lb bag of pinto beans.
  • Dry pinto beans
  • onion powder to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • chili powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • cumin (I use a lot)
  • beef bouillon (4 cubes)
  1. Soak beans in water overnight
  2. drain beans
  3. place beans in crock pot and submerge in water at least an inch and half over beans
  4. put all spices and beef bouillon cubes and cook on low about 8 hours
  5. Drain beans and save about 2 cups of bean juice
  6. Use electric mixer to mash beans and add a little bit of water to make creamy.
  7. You might need to add salt or other spices at this time.
  8. Serve

I usually add additional spices while mashing since I don’t measure. You can stick left overs in crock pot to warm up on low and add just a tad of water.


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  1. I’ll be trying this soon–thanks for sharing!

  2. I love refried beans too, but my attempts to make my own have never turned out very well. I know the spices are approximate, I cook like that mostly too, but can you give a starting off point, please? Are we talking a teaspoon or a tablespoon? Thanks so much.

    • Meghan,

      At least a Tablespoon except maybe the chili powder! I usually put the spices in crock pot and then tailor it while mixing it to my taste. You can always add later is my motto. Let me know how they turn out.

  3. There is nothing like a great pot of beans, and your recipe is awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. My husband loves refried beans. Me not so much, or at least in small quantities!

  5. I’d really like to try some bean recipies, I have 5 kids so I’m always trying to cut down the budget and beans are the way to go. Can I ask, what do you serve them with? Is this a snack or a meal? Looks yummy we love mexican food!

  6. Yummy – So Good! I just started making my own ‘refried’ beans as well … Why did I never do this before!?! Yours look awesome 🙂 http://www.wonkywonderful.com

  7. To make this vegetarian/vegan use vegetable bullion or vegetable broth for the liquid.

  8. Vicki Harter says:

    I love pinto beans, too, but I usually cook them “southern style” with lots of good thick bean broth, so I can crumble my southern style cornbread (no sugar) in them. These refried beans I’m sure are good, but they sure look like crap!

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