Homemade Refried Beans

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Refried beans are one of my favorite dishes! In this easy recipe, they’re made pretty much effortless in the slow cooker.

A simple combination of beans, broth, and onions with a dash of spices and peppers is so easy to make. These are the perfect side for any Mexican favorite!

Slow Cooker Refried Beans plated with chips

A Mexican Favorite

Slow cooker refried beans are perfect as a side to entrées like chicken or beef enchiladas, or even fish tacos.

They take very little effort and are easy on the budget too!

They are a great side dish, perfect turned into a bean dip and freeze and reheat well.

What are Refried Beans?

Refried means the beans are “cooked twice” and then mashed or even pureed.

I love pinto beans for this dish but black beans are great too.

ingredients to make Slow Cooker Refried Beans on a tabletop


BEANS Pinto beans are the all-time favorite for refried beans, but any type of bean can be used. Try experimenting with different varieties to see what tastes the best! If you use Hurst’s Hambeens pinto beans, they have a flavor packet that is amazing in this recipe!

FLAVORINGS This recipe calls for garlic, cumin, and bacon drippings for an extra boost of flavor! Feel free to mix things up with chili powder, cayenne pepper, taco seasoning, or anything else from the spice cupboard that appeals to the chef!

VEGGIES Jalapenos are a must if spiciness is wanted. For a milder flavor, remove the inner membrane and the seeds of the pepper. Onion and fresh garlic add an extra boost of savory goodness!

ingredients to make Slow Cooker Refried Beans in slow cooker

How to Cook Refried Beans in a Slow Cooker

Super easy to make, these slow cooker refried beans are ready when you are!

  1. Place beans and seasonings in the slow cooker and cook until soft.
  2. Place the beans in a bowl and mash adding cooking liquid as needed.
  3. Stir in bacon drippings and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Refried Beans cooking in the air fryer

What to Serve with Refried Beans

Slow cooker refried beans are the perfect side dish to some of our favorites! It goes great next to a bowl of salsa and tortilla chips or in our slow cooker beef burritos! Or, make our easy bean dip or 7 layer dip for a crowd!


  • Refried beans keep beautifully in the refrigerator in an airtight container or zippered bag.
  • They even freeze well! Just write the date on the outside of the zippered bag. Frozen refried beans will keep their flavor for at least a month if not longer.
  • Reheat by popping them in the microwave. Adjust the flavors with salt and pepper and they’re good to go!

Recipes with Refried Beans

Did you make these Homemade Refried Beans? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

Slow Cooker Refried Beans plated with chips
5 from 7 votes
Review Recipe

Homemade Refried Beans

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Beans, onions, jalapenos, and spices are cooked low and slow then mashed together until flavors blend!


  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper fresh, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons bacon drippings optional, or butter

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  • Rinse beans and check for dirt or debris.
  • Place all ingredients in a 4QT slow cooker except drippings. Cook on High for 8 hours.
  • Remove the beans from the slow cooker reserving the cooking liquid.
  • Mash beans to desired consistency adding water as needed. Stir in bacon drippings if desired. Taste and season with salt & pepper.

Recipe Notes

For smoother beans, use a hand blender.
For spicy beans, add an extra jalapeno. For mild beans, replace jalapeno with mild green chilis.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 252, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 1176mg, Potassium: 723mg, Fiber: 11g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 38IU, Vitamin C: 24mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Course Appetizer, Dip, Party Food, Slow Cooker, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
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  1. Thank you for this recipe. I’ve made it several times. I like a lot of salt, but as is, this recipe is a little salty for me. I use half instead and find it better to my liking. :) Even the first time I made it, friends and family love it and request the recipe. It’s a hit in the office and at family gatherings. Thank you Holly!5 stars