Homemade Refried Beans in a large baking dish on a table

Refried Beans

Never pick up a can again after you try your hand at this recipe!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword homemade refried beans, how to, kitchen tips, refried beans recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 351 kcal
Author Cultured Palate


For 3 cups:

For 15 cups:


  1. Cover and soak dried beans in water with 1 -2 Tbsp vinegar overnight.
  2. In the morning, drain beans, refill with fresh water and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil beans for 10 mins and turn off heat leaving beans covered - allow to sit for 30 mins.
  4. Reheat the beans to boiling and boil until tender - about 45 mins - 1 hour
  5. Drain the beans when tender reserving some liquid.
  6. Saute onions in oil until translucent - add to cooked beans.
  7. Using an immersion blender, blend beans, onions and spices. If beans are dry, add reserved liquid to reach the desired consistency.
  8. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Tips For Making Homemade Refried Beans
Nutrition Facts
Refried Beans
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 527mg22%
Potassium 1107mg32%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 6.1mg7%
Calcium 232mg23%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.