Homemade Refried Beans in Under 10 Minutes

We love beans at my house and eat them a lot. But I hate how long they take to cook. Too often, I am not organized enough to remember to soak my beans or patient enough to wait the 3-4 hours it takes to “rapid” cook them. Well, I just discovered the best secret – Homemade Refried Beans in Under 10 Minutes! Since I almost always have dried beans on hand, I’m very excited about this discovery – it will seriously revolution lunchtime at my house…

Here’s how you, too, can get homemade refried beans FAST!


  • 3/4 cup bean flour {I used pinto beans, but black beans would also be great!}
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

Note – 1/2 cup dried beans yields about  3/4 cup bean flour. I ground 2 cups of beans so I have extra on hand to make lunchtime even quicker next time I want homemade refried beans.


Gather ingredients. Put them all in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly while the beans start to thicken {1-3 minutes}. After they’ve started thickening, turn heat down to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Viola !! Homemade Refried Beans in under 10 minutes.


~ Enjoy!

Michelle ~ SimplifyLiveLove.com

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Simplify, Live, Love is a resource for frugal choices, green and simple living, and delicious whole foods cooking. Michelle is an Iowa blogger who is passionate about gardening, barn preservation, photography, cooking, and baking and shares practical tips she often learns the hard way. You can follow Michelle at SLL, on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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7 Responses to Homemade Refried Beans in Under 10 Minutes

  1. Ooh! We LOVE refried beans! I also make an yummy soup with them. I’ll bet this would be perfect!

  2. It’s really good. I hope you like it!

  3. Michelle, you are BRILLIANT!!! I am definitely doing this.

  4. melissia says:

    Hello I have made these twice and for some reason I cannot get them to come out smooth there is still real fine uncooked chucks do you have any idea what I’m doing wrong?

    • Hi Melissia,
      How fine are you grinding your beans? It sounds to me like perhaps you need to grind them a little finer? If that doesn’t work, maybe add a bit more water and make sure you are whisking really well during the cooking time. Let me know if that works!

  5. Lacey says:

    I made these last night and found they had a gelatinous texture. Is this just one of the cons of using ground pinto beans? Any help is appreciated!

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