Posted by: Bill & Gayle McCord | July 29, 2011

Weekend Recipe: Homemade Refried beans

Many people worry about what all goes into their food, especially canned food.  Here is a great recipe for homemade refried beans in your crock pot- tasty!!


  • 3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne power
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder (optional)
  • 4 cups water


  • Soak beans overnight in plenty of water.*
  • Soften the beans by boiling for 10 minutes (or according to package directions) and drain.
  • Place the onion, boiled beans, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne into a slow cooker. Pour in the water and stir to combine.
  • Cook on High for 4 to 6 hours, adding more water as needed. Note: if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, then the temperature is too high.
  • After cooking remove some water. Smash the beans with a potato masher. Add water back as necessary for desired consistency.
  • *To skip soaking process by increasing water to 9 cups and cook for an additional 2 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  • **For smaller batch use 2 cups beans and 3 cups water. You can also cut back a little on the spices.

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