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DIY- Refry

Make your own refried beans! You won’t believe how easy it is to make refried beans in a Crockpot or Instant Pot. No soaking required! Homemade refried beans are cheaper, healthier, and more customize-able than the canned stuff. 

Ditch the can - make your own re-fried beans!

There are so many staples that come pre-made the grocery store these days. Many of these things are not only more expensive, but also full of preservatives or extra fat or sugar that are totally unnecessary. We’ve become accustomed to the pre-made stuff, but you can make it better, healthier, and cheaper!

The Man will sell you refried beans for around $1.00 or more for maybe 12 oz of cooked beans, plus 3 ounces of some oils, salts, and other flavorings. I can get 1 lb of dried pinto beans for $0.49, and then after soaking and cooking, its really around 2 lbs of refried goodness. All bean, all pure, vegetarian, fat free, and no Hydrogenated fats.

Serve refried beans with whole wheat quesadillas - yum!
Homemade Refried beans + the benefits of beans

I once had a conversation with a sweet lady who told me she cooks beans in her crock pot every day.  You don’t have to worry about soaking overnight or cooking time.  Just beans, water, and a few hours later your beans are tender enough to eat or mash.

Super easy refried bean recipe!

She was right. It’s never been easier.  And according to Dr. Fuhrman, we should be eating 1 cup of beans a day!!!! After all, beans are a staple in all of the places where people live significantly longer and healthier lives. That makes me want to eat beans every day!

Perfectly cooked pinto beans in an Instant Pot.

Why are beans so great?

  • Great source of iron, and protein
  • Lots of fiber to keep kids regular
  • High in folate for brain development and mental health (also crucial for pregnant mamas!)
  • Important for heart health and lower risk of heart disease
  • Stabilize blood sugar (slow-burning energy that lasts!)
  • They’re versatile, so you can find at least one form your kids will like!
Home cooked refried beans are a good source of protein.
How to cook refried beans in an Instant Pot (no soaking)

If you have an Instant Pot, I highly recommend using it to make refried beans! It’s quick and the beans turn out so well. And you don’t even have to soak them!

No soak Instant Pot refried beans!

The instructions are simple:

  1. Spray the pot with cooking spray. Chop half an onion and throw it in.
  2. Rinse 1.5 cups of pinto beans and dump them in (no soaking). Now add 3 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes (use Manual mode). Allow for a natural release.
  4. Transfer cooked beans and water to a blender. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin and one teaspoon of red chili powder.
  5. Pulse until they reach the desired consistency. If you want chunkier re-fried beans, simply mash them instead of using a blender.
Homemade refried beans have no fat and no preservatives!

Serve warm, topped with cheese and cilantro. Or allow to cool and freeze in ziplock bags for the future. These refried beans freeze well!

Notes for the Instant Pot: always remember to have the steam valve closed when pressure cooking. It takes around 10 minutes for pressure to build, then 35 to cook, then maybe 20 for a natural release, so plan on at least an hour to cook these beans.

DIY re-fried beans recipe
How to cook refried beans in a Crockpot (no soaking)

Here’s your recipe for slow cooker re-fried beans. Again, no need to soak your beans!

How to make refried beans in a Crockpot without soaking!
  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Rinse 1.5 cups of pinto beans and dump them in (no soaking). Now add 5 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4.
  4. Transfer cooked beans and as much of the liquid as you need to a blender (you will probably only need about a cup of the liquid). Add 1 teaspoon of cumin and one teaspoon of red chili powder.
  5. Pulse until they reach the desired consistency. If you want chunkier re-fried beans, simply mash them instead of using a blender.
You'll never buy canned beans again!

TIP: Cut onions ahead of time and freeze them. Then you’re always ready to crank out a batch of beans with next to no prep!

EASY homemade re-fried beans at a fraction of the cost of canned!

There are so many things you can make yourself and do not need the food manufacturers to poison your family with.  A friend of mine just got back from Peru and she said they eat TONS of food, but since the make it all from scratch they do not have the disease and weight crisis we do here.

FOOD | Homemade Re-fried Beans - Crockpot or Instant Pot | Super Healthy Kids

DIY- Refry

Ingredients
  • 1 – cooking spray
  • 1/2 medium – onion
  • 1 1/2 cup – pinto beans
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 teaspoon – cumin, ground
  • 1 teaspoon – chili powder
Directions
  1. Spray the pot with cooking spray. Chop half an onion and throw it in.
  2. Rinse 1.5 cups of pinto beans and dump them in (no soaking). Add 1 teaspoon of salt and water: 3 cups for Instant Pot OR 5 cups for slow cooker.
  3. Crockpot: cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Instant Pot: Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes (use Manual mode). Allow for a natural release.
  4. Transfer cooked beans and 1 cup of liquid to a blender. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin and one teaspoon of red chili powder.
  5. Pulse until they reach the desired consistency. NOTE: If you want chunkier re-fried beans, simply mash them instead of using a blender.

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15 Comments

I wish I liked beans. I can tolerate them, but I don’t really like them. Still, we do occasionally have a bean dip made with refried beans. I usually make them using canned, vegetarian refried beans, but I’ll try making the beans myself next time. So, thanks!

Can’t wait to see what DIY comes next!

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Dr. Fuhrman? Maybe you mis-read him – maybe he said potatoes, or bread. Grain is the staff of life. And a pound? A day? What happened to moderation in everything? And I thought half your meals are suppsed to be fruits and vegetables? That’s a big meal with all those beans!

I may have to re-think everything else I’ve read from you. JUST KIDDING!

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Emily

YOU READ MY MIND! We are totally on the same wavelength. I’ve been trying to grow and make more things myself and not rely on grocery stores. My next goal is to make that amazing 8 grain bread I sampled at Costco yesterday…

This will be the best week EVER. Who needs THE MAN?

And I even was looking up how to make my own tortillas. You’re my hero, Amy.

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I am one of those people that cooks beans all of the time in my crockpot. I use my big crock pot and cook 2 lbs at a time. then the first night we eat them straight out of the pot. i put up about a half pound to mash/refry later in the week and then the other pound i freeze for use on a night when i forgot to put them in the crock pot. i do this with pinto beans, black beans, black eyed peas… yum. i think i will go start some now!

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Liz K

I’ve never made beans in the crockpot, but I think I will try it. I love all of these DIY. No more grocery store for me. 🙂 By the way, I made your Christmas almonds yesterday! YUM! Craig was so excited when he saw what I was making. Although he was disappointed that he had to wait a whole hour before they were ready! 🙂 But they were worth the wait!

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Susan Bankhead

Love the homemade bean ideas. You are so smart! I’ve relied on canned beans because I never remember to soak them overnight, now, I don’t have to remember that part. Also, I Don’t know if this is true, but I read somewhere (was it on your blog that I read it?), that if you rinse canned beans before you eat them, you’ll have less gas.

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Actually mom, if you ate beans every day you won’t have gas either. The more you eat, the better you tolerate them.

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kate

I add 2 teapsoons of cumin and some garlic salt. it takes away some of that “beany” taste.

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alexa

If you make up a big batch, can you freeze the extra? Thank you! I’m definitely trying this.

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