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Homemade Refried Beans

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These homemade refried beans will make your favorite Mexican meal even better, or they make a delicious dip all on their own!

I have several family favorite recipes that call for refried beans as a key ingredient – Navajo Tacos, Homemade Tostadas, and a Build-Your-Own-Burrito Bar… just to name a few! And while these recipes are delicious know matter what beans you decide to use, they are absolutely amazing with this homemade refried beans recipe!


Slow Cooker Refried Beans

These refried beans might be the most important recipe when it comes to upping your Mexican food game. You can use pinto beans or black beans, they both taste great! And cooking them in the crock-pot isn’t just a time saving device – it’s seriously the best way to make them. No other method allows the perfect, creamy consistency! Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Homemade Refried Beans Recipe

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Homemade Refried Beans

These homemade refried beans will make your favorite Mexican meal even better, or they make a delicious dip all on their own!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Latin
Keyword beans, crock pot, mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 279 kcal


  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion cut into large segments
  • salt
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings or vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped


  1. Lay the beans on a large baking sheet to check for stones and rocks.
  2. Rinse the beans in a colander and then dump into a large pot.
  3. Add two quarts of water, the onion and two tablespoons vegetable oil. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Transfer the beans and water into your slow cooker and cook on high for 6 hours.
  5. When the beans are tender, stir in 1½ tablespoons salt.
  6. At this point you can smash them and just have smashed beans, or you can fry them up in a bit of garlic and bacon grease and have heaven here on earth. (If you need, you can refrigerate the beans after they have cooked in the crock-pot and save the frying and smashing for day two.)
  7. To fry them, heat vegetable oil or bacon drippings over medium heat in a large pan.
  8. Add the garlic and stir until the garlic is fragrant, about one minute.
  9. Add the beans and enough water to cover the beans.
  10. Bring to a simmer and start to smash the beans with a potato masher.
  11. Continue to smash and stir for 5-10 minutes until the beans are the consistency of soft mashed potatoes.
  12. Don’t over cook or the beans will get dried out.
  13. Salt to taste.
  14. Remove from the heat and enjoy.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS – Kristen and Camille are the delicious duo from Culinary Mamas. One of their goals is to help families cook up wholesome, healthy dinners that kids actually eat. The Culinary Mamas were contributors to Somewhat Simple in 2014.

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