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.
- 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)
- Either let the beans soak over night or cook them for one hour that morning.
- Drain the beans
- Add the 16 cups of water
- 4 Tablespoons of butter & 2 teaspoons of salt
- Set on medium heat for 45 minutes
- Drain the water/gravy
- add 4 Tablespoons of butter
- add the optional bacon grease
- 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.
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.Save money, time and get it done, go ahead and subscribe! Often my posts contain affiliate links. Affiliate link purchases help us to pay for this blog and for our curriculum. Thank you for using them when you are able.