5 Easy Steps to Homemade Refried Beans! [RECIPE]

Good Morning Beautiful People! ❀

How are you doing today? We’re halfway to the weekend, so hang in there! I can feel it’s going to be a good day πŸ™‚ Today I want to share with you a recipe for homemade refried beans and why you should make them. A couple of days ago I hit one of my usual “I need Mexican food” cravings. I get them about once a week. You know what I’m talking about, right? Your mind begins to inch away and daydream of everything tacos and burritos… yeah, it’s awesome.

Anyway, so I’m a sucker for Mexican rice and refried beans. Mmmm! That alone with some warm tortillas is a perfect weekday meal. Usually I just buy a can of beans and warm them up over the stove. But this week I came across a recipe for homemade refried beans from cookbook, “Pati’s Mexican Table” by: Pati Jinich, and thought to give it a try. Y’all it is so easy to make! First off, let me gush about how economical this side dish is. One bag of dried pinto beans costs about ($1.50 USD)! And that can easily feed 4-6 people generously. Second, by making this dish homemade, you can control the amount of salt in it. (Canned veggies and beans are notorious for having high amounts of sodium). And lastly, it tastes awesome!

Oh did I mention you don’t need to pre-soak your pinto beans? πŸ™‚ Now do I have your attention? Good! Then let’s jump into the recipe!

Just as red beans and rice is a staple in the deep South, so too are frijoles de olla (beans from the pot) a staple in Mexican and Latin homes. It’s fast, cheap, filling, and very versatile. Just cook some beans in a pot, then mash in a blender or by hand and you’re ready to go! I hope you all love this recipe as much as I do. Go ahead and give it a try! You’ll be shocked at how much better homemade refried beans tastes. Have a wonderful day everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❀


Homemade Refried Beans in 5 Easy Steps

Courtesy of : Pati Jinich, “Pati’s Mexican Table” cookbook

Serves: 6 to 8


  • 1 pound (or 2.5 cups) dried black or pinto beans
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Water


Begin by rinsing your beans and pick them over. Then toss in a deep cooking pot along with 1/2 of the onion. Cover with at least 3 inches of water.


Bring to a boil. Then reduce to a steady simmer and partially cover for 1.5-2 hours or until the beans are tender.


In a pan, saute the other half of the onion (chopped) until tender in a bit of oil.


Drain the cooked beans and put all of the onion and beans in a blender or food processor. (Alternatively you can mash by hand for more chunky refried beans).


Blend until smooth then add salt according to tastes and you’re done! Enjoy! πŸ™‚



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