How to Make Your own Refried Beans

how to make refried beans in the crockpot

Today I wanted to share this recipe on How to make your own refried beans in the crockpot. Instead of paying around $1 per can, you can easily make your own and place them in the freezer to save your family a ton of money. Then you only have to heat them up to eat. Plus, you can make them in your crockpot with very little effort.

I have never liked refried beans. They are always filled with lard and grease that they never have seemed appetizing to me. My kids love them at Mexican restaurants, so they started requesting them at home.

Instead of paying around $1 per can, we can now easily make our own and place them in the freezer for WAY less. Not only are they cheaper to make, but they are also MUCH healthier and packed with protein.

These refried beans are very easy to make in your crockpot with very little effort. Once they are frozen all you have to do is heat them up to enjoy with your favorite mexican dish.

refried-beans-are so easy to make ini your crockpot

How to Make your Own Refried beans
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  • 1-2 pound of pinto beans
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped (you can just cut in half, if you want the flavor, but want to take the onion out later)
  • 9 cups of water per pound of beans (basically you just want double the amount of water in there than there are beans)
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of black pepper
  • ½ jalapeno pepper seeded (optional -I left this out, because my kids will be eating it)
  1. Thoroughly rinse the beans. Place in crockpot and add all other ingredients.
  2. My first time to make the beans, I put the onion in whole (I just cut it in half). The second time, I threw in chopped onions and the onions stays in with the beans. I prefer this way, but if you are not an onion fan, you might just want to toss them in whole so you can strain it easier.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 6- 8 hours or LOW for 8-10 hours. They will start to get really soft.
  4. Once they are cooked, use a slotted spoon to scoop out some of the mixture into another bowl. Begin mashing with a potato masher (you could use a food processor here but it is easy to do it by hand).
  5. Add liquids from the crockpot as needed to get the consistency you prefer.
  6. You get to decide how “mushy” you want them. Continue to do this until all beans have been mashed.
  7. Then place the beans into containers for the freezer until ready to eat. 1 pound of dried beans will make about 4 “cans” of beans.
  8. When you are ready to eat, just thaw in your fridge and cook on low in a sauce pan, until heated through.

Homemade-refried-beans cooked in your crockpot

My tip: I highly suggest, you cook 2 pounds at a time, meaning you would yield 8 cans in one sitting. Since you are doing the work, you might as well, make as much as you can.

It is cheaper? 1 can of refried beans run about $1 on sale. You can get one pound of beans for $.99 which yields about 4 cans of beans. That means they only cost $.25 per can. Now you can normally get a better price on the dried beans if you buy the 2 pound bag, so double check that. Obviously this is worth the effort.

The result: These are quite delicious. I did add more garlic salt when I was mashing them up, but they are delicious. I have never been a fan of refried beans, because of all the oil and fat in them. These have none of that, so I feel very good about feeding this to my family.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and hopefully it will help you save more money!

Try these other delicious Crock Pot Recipes, too.


  1. Mindy says:

    These are delicious. I freeze in quart size freezer bags and lay them flat in the freezer. We like to make bean dip out of them by adding sour cream and a little cheese to them while they are heating up. It’s great with tortilla chips or fritos. I also use them to make burritos.

  2. Carrie says:

    That is a great idea! I’m going to have to try that.


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