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Make Your Own Refried Beans Recipe

refried beans recipe Here’s a post on how to make your own refried beans recipe! You can make them regular and actually “refried” or you can simply make them in the crock pot and make them Fat Free!

Here’s both recipes!

Traditional Refried Beans
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Serves: many
This is the traditional full fat version
  • 1 lb. dry pinto beans (about 2½ c.), rinsed and drained
  • 6 c. water
  • ¼ c. lard or bacon drippings (do not substitute vegetable shortening)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ Tbsp. cumin
  • Sprinkle of cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Put beans and water in crock pot.
  2. Cook on high until beans are very tender, about 5-6 hours, adding water as needed to keep beans covered.
  3. In a large skillet, melt lard over medium heat.
  4. Add beans, cooking liquid, salt, garlic, cumin, and cayenne.
  5. Mash beans with back of spoon or potato masher.
  6. Cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes, stirring often, until desired consistency. Makes about 6 cups

 Fat Free “Refried” Beans recipe

2 lb. dry pinto beans (about 5 c.), rinsed and drained
½-¾ large onion, roughly chopped
8 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
3 Tbsp. cumin
½ Tbsp. dried oregano
½ Tbsp. paprika
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
12 c. water
4 tsp. salt, more or less depending on preference

In large crock pot, place all ingredients except salt. Cook on high 5-6 hours, until beans are very tender, adding water as needed to keep beans covered. Ladle out 3-4 c. cooking liquid, reserve.
Stir in salt. Mash beans with back of spoon or potato masher. Add reserved liquid as needed for proper consistency. Adjust salt if needed.

{Thanks The Frugal Find!}

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