How to Make Homemade Refried Beans
  • 4 cups cooked pinto beans (or 2 pints home-canned beans)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, lard, or coconut oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Milk (water or bean broth can be used if your family is dairy-free)
  1. In a large saucepan or pot, saute onions, garlic and butter until soft and tender.
  2. Add beans, and additional liquid (milk or water) if necessary
  3. Add seasonings and spices mixing well
  4. Bring to a slow simmer and allow to cook on low heat 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. If you like a smoother, runnier bean texture, slowly add some milk (or water), mixing as you go
  6. Once beans are cooked and not too thick or runny, mash them with a potato masher, fork, food processor, or hand blender, leaving a few chunks for texture
Recipe by The Prairie Homestead at