Ultimate Recipe Swap: Homemade Refried Beans

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by on March 18, 2009

One of our favorite recipes is for Refried Beans– which freeze really well! My warning: These are so addicting! Hope you enjoy!

This is a favorite in our house and I had to sit my hubbie down to give me the exact recipe since this is HIS recipe. So, without further introductions, here is the recipe for Homemade Refried Beans:

1 lb raw pinto beans (we buy ours in bulk at costco-we make a lot of this stuff!)
4 cloves of garlic
1 large white onion
8 serrano peppers
1 tablespoon salt (can add more to taste)
(You can definitely double, triple, or quadruple this recipe, so just increase all the ingredients equally)

1. Thoroughly rinse the pinto beans. Put into a pot with the garlic and cover with water.

2. Boil for 4 hours (make sure the beans are covered with water the entire time)

3. Dice the peppers and onions:
For MILD beans= take out all the seeds in the peppers;
MEDIUM beans= take out half of the seeds;
HOT= leave the seeds in

4.Scoop cooked beans, diced peppers and onions, and salt into a blender or food processor. Add some broth (water from cooked beans) to Puree the mixture until smooth.

These beans freeze really well, so this is a great recipe for batch cooking. Last time we made them, we made 10 lbs of beans, separated them into containers, and put them in the freezer. Then we are able to take out a container at a time.

Want to find some other great Hot and Spicy dishes? Check out LifeAsMom and for more Freezer Friendly: Mexican Dishes, check out Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

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  • Jess

    Sounds yummy! My hubby makes refried beans too. We usually use jalapeno, but might have to try serrano. Never thought of freezing them, great idea!

  • The Sensible Momma

    Hi Jess, the serranos give it more of a kick! I use jalapenos in my guacamole and we have also tried roasting them! yum! :)

  • FrugalBeagle
  • newlyweds

    Sounds yummy. We love mexican food also!

    Visiting from 2 Sets of Twins!

  • Anonymous

    Sounds yummy! I can’t wait to try these :)

  • Brea’s Mommy

    Sounds really good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I would also like to thank you for participating in Show off your blog Saturday. Hope to see you for another round tomorrow!

  • Brea’s Mommy

    Sounds really good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I would also like to thank you for participating in Show off your blog Saturday. Hope to see you for another round tomorrow!

  • Brea’s Mommy

    Sounds really good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I would also like to thank you for participating in Show off your blog Saturday. Hope to see you for another round tomorrow!

  • Brea’s Mommy

    Sounds really good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. I would also like to thank you for participating in Show off your blog Saturday. Hope to see you for another round tomorrow!

  • Jen – Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

    I love to make homemade refried beans but haven’t used those peppers. I am so excited to give those a try. I bet it would be just the kick my guys love. Thanks for linking it to Tasty Tuesday. :)

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