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Crockpot Refried Beans

by Laura

I have always wanted to make my own refried beans.  I have been holding on to this recipe to make them from Dinner’s Ready since September 2008.  I finally got around to making them and wish I had tried it sooner.  They are so yummy and much better than the canned stuff.  These refried beans are so easy because you make them in the crockpot.  The other great thing about making your own refried beans is you can control how mashed they are and how thin they are.  I like mine mashed with some chunks.  Then I made them fairly thick.  However, if I was going to use them on nachos, I would make them a thinner consistency.  These were well worth the extra effort.  Love ’em!  I like the refried beans with some cheese melted on top along with some diced green onion, then served with tortilla chips.

Crockpot Refried Beans

  • 3 cups of dry pinto beans (rinsed)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 9 cups of water
  • 5 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  1. Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for about 8 hours.
  2. After they are done, drain all of the liquid out and SAVE THE LIQUID!!
  3. Mash beans with a potato masher or whatever you mash with. Add liquid, a bit at a time, to desired consistency, but remember you want them a little runny because they thicken over time. (makes about 6 cups)

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Libby February 15, 2013 - 8:16 am

Do these freeze well?

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Melissa C. February 2, 2014 - 9:50 pm

I’d like to know that too. And what method of freezing. Glass jars, baggies or what?

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Laura February 3, 2014 - 2:29 pm

I haven’t frozen them, but they should freeze fine in an air tight container.

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Krista April 9, 2014 - 9:23 pm

I make a double batch each time and freeze them every time. I think they freeze beautifully. I use glass jars to freeze them. You have to give them plenty of time to thaw in the fridge, and plenty of headspace so the expansion doesn’t break the jar, but that’s it.

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Libby February 15, 2013 - 8:16 am

Do these freeze well?

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Melissa C. February 2, 2014 - 9:50 pm

I’d like to know that too. And what method of freezing. Glass jars, baggies or what?

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Laura February 3, 2014 - 2:29 pm

I haven’t frozen them, but they should freeze fine in an air tight container.

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Krista April 9, 2014 - 9:23 pm

I make a double batch each time and freeze them every time. I think they freeze beautifully. I use glass jars to freeze them. You have to give them plenty of time to thaw in the fridge, and plenty of headspace so the expansion doesn’t break the jar, but that’s it.

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TrishInFL January 30, 2013 - 7:55 am

I make the often, and they are a hit every time! My 4 year old daughter LOVES these, and always looks forward to me making them.
Thanks again for another awesome recipe!

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TrishInFL January 30, 2013 - 7:55 am

I make the often, and they are a hit every time! My 4 year old daughter LOVES these, and always looks forward to me making them.
Thanks again for another awesome recipe!

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Linda B July 14, 2012 - 10:07 am

I am trying them with Black Beans right now! Can’t wait. Read the recipe and my mouth started watering 😉

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Linda B July 14, 2012 - 10:07 am

I am trying them with Black Beans right now! Can’t wait. Read the recipe and my mouth started watering 😉

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Emilee February 27, 2012 - 12:13 pm

WOOHOO! These are YUMMY! Had them last week and I’m making them again… but I’m making more because I want leftovers. 🙂 Thanks Laura!

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Emilee February 27, 2012 - 12:13 pm

WOOHOO! These are YUMMY! Had them last week and I’m making them again… but I’m making more because I want leftovers. 🙂 Thanks Laura!

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Cindy August 27, 2011 - 3:22 pm

We’ve made this twice, really perfect. I don’t add any butter or oil, just a bit more water. We started buying pinto beans in bulk just to cook this great recipe. They are perfect by themselves, in burritos or as a dip. We freeze bean and cheese burritos and are venturing into making taquitos to have a light and high fiber meal when we go to work. Yum! Thanks fir this recipe!

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Cindy August 27, 2011 - 3:22 pm

We’ve made this twice, really perfect. I don’t add any butter or oil, just a bit more water. We started buying pinto beans in bulk just to cook this great recipe. They are perfect by themselves, in burritos or as a dip. We freeze bean and cheese burritos and are venturing into making taquitos to have a light and high fiber meal when we go to work. Yum! Thanks fir this recipe!

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courtney May 25, 2011 - 11:53 am

I hate buying the canned stuff because the cans are full of chemicals. I never use it all before it goes bad – such a waste! This is perfect! No excess pacakging, no wasted food, no lard (!) because I control the ingredients … including the spices! Looking forward to making this soon.

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courtney May 25, 2011 - 11:53 am

I hate buying the canned stuff because the cans are full of chemicals. I never use it all before it goes bad – such a waste! This is perfect! No excess pacakging, no wasted food, no lard (!) because I control the ingredients … including the spices! Looking forward to making this soon.

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Lolo May 10, 2010 - 4:07 pm

My whole family loved these! So simple and soooo delicious!

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Lolo May 10, 2010 - 4:07 pm

My whole family loved these! So simple and soooo delicious!

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Veronica Miller April 25, 2010 - 8:54 pm

I just wanted to see if you meant to put 5 t salt or if that’s a typo. I made them with the five teaspoons and they are so salty I’m gonna have to make a plain batch without salt to cut it down by half. I think using half the salt or even less would be sufficient. Did you find them too salty?

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Shannon O'Neall August 8, 2012 - 12:30 pm

I have the same comment. They are so over salted that I was thinking of making a plain batch to mix in. If I make these again I think 2.5-3 tsp should do it.

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Krista April 9, 2014 - 9:25 pm

I use 1 T of salt and they’ve been perfect every time. But I read enough comments to know 5 t might be too much.

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Veronica Miller April 25, 2010 - 8:54 pm

I just wanted to see if you meant to put 5 t salt or if that’s a typo. I made them with the five teaspoons and they are so salty I’m gonna have to make a plain batch without salt to cut it down by half. I think using half the salt or even less would be sufficient. Did you find them too salty?

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Shannon O'Neall August 8, 2012 - 12:30 pm

I have the same comment. They are so over salted that I was thinking of making a plain batch to mix in. If I make these again I think 2.5-3 tsp should do it.

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Krista April 9, 2014 - 9:25 pm

I use 1 T of salt and they’ve been perfect every time. But I read enough comments to know 5 t might be too much.

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Erin April 6, 2010 - 9:24 am

I’m so excited to try these!! I have never made my own, but my dad calls me “Little Mexico” because I love refried beans! They are so expensive though! this would be way more affordable for my family as much as we love to eat them! Thank you!!

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Erin April 6, 2010 - 9:24 am

I’m so excited to try these!! I have never made my own, but my dad calls me “Little Mexico” because I love refried beans! They are so expensive though! this would be way more affordable for my family as much as we love to eat them! Thank you!!

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Jay April 1, 2010 - 10:43 pm

looks good but add a pinch of epazote for a more authentic flavor!

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Jay April 1, 2010 - 10:43 pm

looks good but add a pinch of epazote for a more authentic flavor!

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Kath March 30, 2010 - 2:32 pm

I’ll be trying these soon! Your photo is great. (I found your site via your photo on foodgawker.)

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Kath March 30, 2010 - 2:32 pm

I’ll be trying these soon! Your photo is great. (I found your site via your photo on foodgawker.)

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Crepes of Wrath March 26, 2010 - 7:49 am

This is a great idea! I can’t wait to try it!

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Crepes of Wrath March 26, 2010 - 7:49 am

This is a great idea! I can’t wait to try it!

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Jill March 25, 2010 - 9:31 am

I made these! They were loved by my whole family! I made a lime rice, your beans served with chips and salsa and it was a complete meal for us. I love your site. It is one of my go to places on a daily basis. Thank you.

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Jill March 25, 2010 - 9:31 am

I made these! They were loved by my whole family! I made a lime rice, your beans served with chips and salsa and it was a complete meal for us. I love your site. It is one of my go to places on a daily basis. Thank you.

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Cassie March 24, 2010 - 7:00 pm

I also diced jalepenos to mine! Gives them excellent flavor!

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Cassie March 24, 2010 - 7:00 pm

I also diced jalepenos to mine! Gives them excellent flavor!

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Double Dipped Life March 24, 2010 - 10:15 am

We ate at a famous Utah Mexican place last night, and I loved their refrieds. I thought “I should make these”! Maybe now I will!

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Double Dipped Life March 24, 2010 - 10:15 am

We ate at a famous Utah Mexican place last night, and I loved their refrieds. I thought “I should make these”! Maybe now I will!

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Susieqtpies March 24, 2010 - 8:42 am

Thanks so much! I loved refried beans and can barely handle the can taste. I will try these soon! We love eating bean burritos. @susieqtpies at Scraps of Life

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Susieqtpies March 24, 2010 - 8:42 am

Thanks so much! I loved refried beans and can barely handle the can taste. I will try these soon! We love eating bean burritos. @susieqtpies at Scraps of Life

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Claire March 23, 2010 - 9:38 pm

oooh I’m excited to try this! Thanks! And I like how you always have a nice picture of the food. do you take those yourself?

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Claire March 23, 2010 - 9:38 pm

oooh I’m excited to try this! Thanks! And I like how you always have a nice picture of the food. do you take those yourself?

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Sarah March 23, 2010 - 7:32 pm

I love re fried beans but hate the can stuff. This would be a great thing to make and forget about it. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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Sarah March 23, 2010 - 7:32 pm

I love re fried beans but hate the can stuff. This would be a great thing to make and forget about it. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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Anh March 23, 2010 - 3:40 pm

Beautiful! I will be making this very soon. Thanks so much for the recipe !

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Anh March 23, 2010 - 3:40 pm

Beautiful! I will be making this very soon. Thanks so much for the recipe !

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Valen March 23, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Oh I love refried beans and have loved them since I first tried them as a kid. Everyone thought I was weird when I would eat it plain. This looks REALLY good!

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Valen March 23, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Oh I love refried beans and have loved them since I first tried them as a kid. Everyone thought I was weird when I would eat it plain. This looks REALLY good!

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Becky March 23, 2010 - 1:44 pm

I have made my own refried beans. My family loves them! They freeze EXTREMELY well, so you can make a big batch and freeze them in smaller portions that you would use for one meal.
Thanks for the recipe. I think I will try yours next time, because your spices are different and sound YUMMY!

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Becky March 23, 2010 - 1:44 pm

I have made my own refried beans. My family loves them! They freeze EXTREMELY well, so you can make a big batch and freeze them in smaller portions that you would use for one meal.
Thanks for the recipe. I think I will try yours next time, because your spices are different and sound YUMMY!

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Memoria March 23, 2010 - 1:32 pm

These beans look absolutely perfect!! I like the recipe I use for my refried beans if I want them in 2 hours, but I will try this recipe when I have a bit more time and have other things to do. It looks absolutely perfect!

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Memoria March 23, 2010 - 1:32 pm

These beans look absolutely perfect!! I like the recipe I use for my refried beans if I want them in 2 hours, but I will try this recipe when I have a bit more time and have other things to do. It looks absolutely perfect!

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sara March 23, 2010 - 1:01 pm

I’m so glad to have this recipe! I have only recently started doing any kind of beans “from scratch” and I will definitely try this. Thanks!

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sara March 23, 2010 - 1:01 pm

I’m so glad to have this recipe! I have only recently started doing any kind of beans “from scratch” and I will definitely try this. Thanks!

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Tauni March 23, 2010 - 12:54 pm

I love these beans! My mom made them all of the time when I was growing up…Next time you make them throw in one of the small cans of diced chilis. You’d think it would make them too spicy, but they are actually just perfect 🙂

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Tauni March 23, 2010 - 12:54 pm

I love these beans! My mom made them all of the time when I was growing up…Next time you make them throw in one of the small cans of diced chilis. You’d think it would make them too spicy, but they are actually just perfect 🙂

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Crystal's Cozy Kitchen March 23, 2010 - 12:15 pm

These look (and sound) so delicious! Too bad I’d be the only one who ate them (hubby doesn’t really go for refried beans)

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Crystal's Cozy Kitchen March 23, 2010 - 12:15 pm

These look (and sound) so delicious! Too bad I’d be the only one who ate them (hubby doesn’t really go for refried beans)

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Laura March 23, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Nope. No Soaking, that is the beauty of it!

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Laura March 23, 2010 - 12:03 pm

Nope. No Soaking, that is the beauty of it!

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Natalie March 23, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Do you need to soak the beans over night first?

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Natalie March 23, 2010 - 12:01 pm

Do you need to soak the beans over night first?

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Dianne March 23, 2010 - 11:27 am

Oh, I am SO glad that you shared this recipe with us! I can’t wait to try these! I try to make as many things from scratch as I can and I’ve never tried to make refried beans yet, but I’ve always wanted to. This is going onto our menu for next week for sure! Thanks!

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Dianne March 23, 2010 - 11:27 am

Oh, I am SO glad that you shared this recipe with us! I can’t wait to try these! I try to make as many things from scratch as I can and I’ve never tried to make refried beans yet, but I’ve always wanted to. This is going onto our menu for next week for sure! Thanks!

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Mo March 23, 2010 - 10:47 am

This is such a healthier way of making them! We usually fry them in pork fat till there a little crispy, and mixing them and smooshing on the side of the part mashes them and makes them creamy. I will have to try your way though!!

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Jennifer March 23, 2010 - 10:38 am

Thank you! I’ve been wanting to make refried beans but was told you had to fry them. It sounded like way too much work, but this is perfect.

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Jennifer March 23, 2010 - 10:38 am

Thank you! I’ve been wanting to make refried beans but was told you had to fry them. It sounded like way too much work, but this is perfect.

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Laura March 23, 2010 - 9:24 am

I would think they would freeze fine.

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Laura March 23, 2010 - 9:24 am

I would think they would freeze fine.

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Tiffany March 23, 2010 - 9:09 am

Sounds great! Say you don’t need all six cups, do refried beans freeze?

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Tiffany March 23, 2010 - 9:09 am

Sounds great! Say you don’t need all six cups, do refried beans freeze?

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Deidra @ ::Frugalistic:: March 23, 2010 - 8:09 am

I’ve been wanting to make my own refried beans for YEARS! My Dutch husband looooooves them so much and I was especially glad to find them when we lived in the Netherlands but, in trying to be frugal, I took a can of brown beans and smooshed them up for him .. with nothing with it ’cause I didn’t know what to add to them. This will be so easy to make and I bet he’ll be in heaven having something so tasty!

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Deidra @ ::Frugalistic:: March 23, 2010 - 8:09 am

I’ve been wanting to make my own refried beans for YEARS! My Dutch husband looooooves them so much and I was especially glad to find them when we lived in the Netherlands but, in trying to be frugal, I took a can of brown beans and smooshed them up for him .. with nothing with it ’cause I didn’t know what to add to them. This will be so easy to make and I bet he’ll be in heaven having something so tasty!

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