Homemade Refried Beans

These homemade refried beans make a great side dish to yesterday’s Creamy Chicken Taquitos and make a ton. The leftovers freeze wonderfully or keep in the fridge for up to three days. Two to three days is typically my leftover rule. If I know I will not be eating it within that time frame I stick it in the freezer instead.

This taquito meal may seem like a lot of work homemade salsa, homemade beans, precooked chicken, plus the work of putting together the taquitos, but they are so worth it. Make the chicken the same day you go to the store. When the cooking is completed package it in 1 or 2 cup packages and stick in the freezer. Make the salsa when you get home from the store as well. The day you want to make a taquitos start cooking the beans in the crockpot that morning. In the evning the beans should be ready to make this refried recipe and you will just have to throw the taquitos together.


Homemade Refried Beans

Adapted from Money Saving Mom


  • 4 cups cooked pinto beans
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • Milk


I had you purchasing dried beans for this recipe, because like we learned it is the most economical. Make sure you prepare the beans ahead of time or at least the morning of. A 16oz package of dried beans will probably yield around 5-6 cups of cooked beans. You will have plenty for the recipe and at least a cup leftover for your freezer.

In a large pot over medium heat, saute the onions in the butter until soft. Add the minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the beans. Here you will need to add some milk, add about ¼ to ½ a cup depending on if there was already liquid with the beans.

Stir in remaining seasoning. Bring to a simmer and allow it all to cook on low heat for 15 minutes.

If the beans look dry you may need to add extra milk.

Now it is time to mash. I use a potato masher, but if you have an immersion blender you will get a smoother product. Mix to incorporate all the flavors until you reach desired consistency.

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