Crockpot Refried Beans

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Crockpot Refried Beans

Learn how to make refried beans in the crockpot, and take another item off of your grocery list. Here’s how they’re made:

Crockpot Refried Beans

Cook Time:

4-8 hours


3 cups dried pinto beans
(1) onion, chopped
1 tsp salt

What You Do:

Sort Dried Pinto Beans

Sift through your pinto beans, and pick out any broken beans or rocks that you find.

Soak the Beans

Soak the beans overnight.

Place Refried Bean Ingredients in Crockpot

In the morning, drain the beans. Then, stick them in a crockpot with the onion and salt. Add just enough water to cover everything.

Cooked Pinto Beans

Cover, and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.

Finished Refried Beans

Blend the beans up with an immersion blender (or a regular blender), and you’re done. Use your refried beans in bean burritos or enjoy them as a side dish.

If you after blending your beans, you find that you added too much water earlier, just cook them a bit longer with the lid off, until they reach your desired thickness.


(4) 15 oz. cans


These refried beans freeze beautifully. Stick a couple jars in the freezer for later.

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Crockpot Refried Beans

Crockpot Refried Beans

Whip up a batch of refried beans in the crockpot. Less than 15 minutes of hands-on time, and no questionable ingredients.

  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 15 oz. cans of beans 1x


  • 3 cups dried pinto beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Water


Sift through pinto beans. Pick out any broken beans or rocks.

Soak beans overnight.

Drain the beans in the morning. Then, stick them in a crockpot with the onion and salt. Add just enough water to cover everything.

Cover, and cook on high for four hours or low for eight hours.

Blend beans, and enjoy!


  • Makes the equivalent of 4 15 oz. cans. Freezes beautifully.

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  1. Nice Erin, I am going to have to give this a try. I have never made refried beans before and this seems very simple.

  2. I can’t wait to try this Erin! It seems we only use half a can of refried beans at a time. Since I hate wasting food, I’ll simply package them in smaller containers!

  3. You can do this with black beans too. I like to add some garden chilis too. I’ve never tried it in the crock pot tho, but I’ll definitely be doing so! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

    1. Hi Paula, I’d stick to freezing them. Beans are a low-acid food, so they would have to be pressure canned. That being said, when you’re canning, it’s important to stick to recipes that were specifically designed for canning, and I didn’t develop this recipe with that in mind.

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