Simple Homemade Refried Beans

There is nothing better than homemade pinto beans and refried beans, not only are they delicious but they are extremely healthy.  I like to make a big batch to last the week, we eat a LOT of beans : )


Recipe: Approx. 10 – 12 servings

  •  4 Cups Dried Pinto Beans
  • 12 Cups Filtered Water plus about 4 – 6 more cups
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 – 8 Cloves  Garlic
  • 2 -3 whole dried chilies like new mexico, habanero, ancho or !0 arbol
  • 2 Leaves Epazote (optional)
  • 1/2 White Onion  (optional)


In a 5 1/2 quart pot put small hand full of beans in the pot at one time, making sure there are no rocks. Then rinse the beans and add the water, garlic, epazote, onion and chilies.

Bring to a boil on medium high heat boiling for approx. 45 minutes or until water starts to evaporates and add more water then cook for another 45 minutes or longer still checking on water levels.

* Add sea salt to taste AT THE END or they will be tough.

Taste to see if soft, you want the water to be at the level of the beans , if they are soft turn heat down to medium low and add salt to taste and let cook for 5 more minutes to infuse salt.

It depends on how old the beans are as to how long it will take to cook, older beans will take longer.

When the beans are soft remove the chiles and epazote.

Leaving the water add olive oil to the beans then mash with a masher, I like to leave some of the beans whole.

When the beans thicken up they are ready. (if you feel they are too runny, cook for a bit longer)

* If you have a problem with gas you can either soak the beans overnight or bring the beans to a boil then turn off and cover for 1 to 2 hours then drain the water and add fresh water, garlic, and peppers.  Follow above directions for the rest.



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