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Homemade Refried Beans

Refried beans are really tasty and when they are homemade they can be healthy too. I want to admit that I rarely make beans like this from start to finish because I normally just use leftover beans from our Beans, Rice & Cornbread meals. However, I have made them when I needed the refritos adn didn’t have precooked beans. If you do not normally have leftovers  when you make beans set aside some beans from the pot that you can use those. By set aside I mean take them out of the pot put them in a ‘frugalware’ container and put them in the fridge. Far away from prying hands!

Now getting down to making refried beans, don’t worry, making them is easier than you think.

Refried Beans
  • 4 cups of  Kidney Beans or Pinto Beans
  • 16 cups of water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Tablespoon of bacon grease (optional but tasty)
  1. Either let the beans soak over night or cook them for one hour that morning.
  2. Drain the beans
  3. Add the 16 cups of water
  4. 4 Tablespoons of butter & 2 teaspoons of salt
  5. Set on medium heat for 45 minutes
  6. Drain the water/gravy
  7. add 4 Tablespoons of butter
  8. add the optional bacon grease
  9. Mash (You could take a hand mixer to them after a while to really get a smooth texture)

That’s it! If you are making homemade refried beans you need to a lot your self at least 2 hours if you have to use the quick soak method. If they are presoaked you probably still want to a lot an hour, this is not a good choice for a last minute meal.

serves 10

Of course you  should make sure to manage your leftovers and with these leftovers you can make frugal homemade burritos or tostadas with your leftovers and extend your savings. If you do not have enough right now get a large ziplock bag and keep collecting little bits until you do have enough. Please freeze these leftovers/ store them according to appropriate food safety guidelines.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

4 thoughts on “Homemade Refried Beans

  1. I never realized how easy it was to make your own refried beans. I have pinned this and will definitely be using it in the future. Getting as many preservatives out of our diet is a big priority in our house!! Have a blessed week!

  2. We are big bean eaters and I also like the addition of the butter 🙂 Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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