Make it for less: Refried Beans

If you know me well, you know I am all for saving money. But I am also growing aware of what is IN our food. We also dont consume pork products. So about a year ago, I was looking for canned refried bean for Burritos, and the store brand I normally buy was out of stock (pre-couponing era). So I looked for the name brand and after reading the ingredients Lard (which is actually pig fat) decided to try and make my own.

I am glad I did.

This recipe is much cheaper (unless you are couponing, in which most cases the canned stuff is free), and to me, since I know what is going in it, a bit healthier. Or maybe thats just my OCD mind at work!

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Not Refried Beans

1 1/2 cup dry pinto beans

2 tbsp Taco Seasoning (or more to taste)

6 cups water

Salt, to taste

Rinse beans in collander and remove any dirt or debris.

Soak Beans, two options

Overnight Soak:In a large pot add 6 cups water. Soak in large pot 6-8 hours, or overnight. Drain soak water and rinse beans.


Quick Soak: In a large pot add 6 cups water and beans. Bring to rapid boil, then boil for two minutes. Let beans soak in water for one hour. Drain soak water and rinse beans.

To cook beans:

In a large pot add soaked beans and 6 cups water. Bring to simmer (not boil) and simmer for 1-2 hours to desired tenderness. (for almost refried beans I like mine pretty tender)

Or in a pressure cooker, follow manufactures instructions on how to use your pressure cooker for safety.  (Usually takes less than 15 minutes)

Here is a great link for information on cooking beans

Once beans are cooked, drain beans, reserving some of the liquid. In a Kitchen-Aid mixer (loving mine!) places beans, 1/4 cup reserved bean liquid, salt and 2 tbsp taco seasoning in the bowl. Using paddle attachment, mix on a low speed, adding more liquid as needed to achieve desired thickness. Mix for 2-3 minutes until most of the beans are mashed.

If you do not have a stand mixer, go buy one! You will love it! If all else fails, places beans, seasoning, salt and liquid in a large bowl and mash/mix with a fork. A pastry blender works well too.

This recipe makes a little over one 15 oz can of refried beans. Most recipes for refried beans will at this step have you fry them in a pan with oil, but after trying both ways, I can tell no taste difference in the fried beans and the non fried. So save the oil for something else and have a healthier meal.


One Response to Make it for less: Refried Beans

  1. Pingback: I finally got a Kitchen-Aid! « Cooking With Coupons

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