homemade refried beans recipe

Restaurant Style Refried Beans

  • Author: Jodi Danen, RDN | Create Kids Club
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 360 minutes
  • Total Time: 365 minutes
  • Yield: 12 people 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican


These crock pot restaurant style refried beans turn a bag of inexpensive dried legumes into a flavorful dinner addition that saves money and freezes well.  Serve as a dinner side or use in your favorite Mexican dishes.


  • 2 lb bag dried pinto beans
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 24 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 10 cups water


  1. Rinse dry beans in a colander, picking out any bad beans.
  2. Add all ingredients to crockpot.  Stir.
  3. Cook on high 4- 6 hours or until beans are easily mashed.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree beans, or potato masher to mash until desired consistency is reached. Add extra water if needed for smoother consistency. Adjust salt to taste.