June 4, 2010

homemade refried beans

I am on my way out the door to The Farm Chicks show - yay! - but wanted to quickly share one of my current favorite recipes. I actually meant to share it on Cinco de Mayo, but it seems I'm about a month late for that.

Or eleven months early. Take your pick.

I make these often, they are easy-peasy, and if you give them a try, I promise you'll never buy canned refried beans again.


I use canned beans, which I know makes these only sorta homemade, but it also makes the recipe lightning quick to make.

1 cup chopped onion
2 cans rinsed pinto beans
2 cups water
2 tsp chicken bouillon

In a saute pan, cook the onions in a little bit of olive oil for a few minutes, until they begin to soften. Add water, bouillon and beans. Cover and simmer for about five minutes, then use a potato masher to smash the beans. I leave mine pretty chunky.

Sometimes, I smash a clove of garlic and let it simmer with the beans and then pull it out before the mashing commences.

From there, I leave the lid off and keep stirring the beans, scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula, until enough liquid evaporates to make them the consistency I like....not too thin, not too thick. Total cooking time is usually about ten minutes or so.

My favorite way to eat them is over Tostitos Multigrain chips with melted cheese (in the oven, never the microwave), and a generous dollop of sour cream.

Bean heaven.

Any other Farm Chickers out there? This will be my third time at the show. I'm meeting three of my best girlfriends, and I can't wait!

Have a great weekend!


  1. Yep... beans will blow you into heaven faster than any other legume out there... LOL

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  2. I'm soooooooo envious (I know that's a sin...sorry Lord)...but I would love to be able to go to a Farm Chicks show:( Okay, I'm done pouting now:)


  3. So excited about Farm Chicks it's my first year. And I get to go with a some very dear girlfriends/ with a couple friends who are vendors.

    Have a absolute ball!

  4. I'm on the plane tomorrow for my 3rd year in a row! I'm so excited, maybe I will see you.

  5. Woohoo! Farm Chicks here we come! My best pal and I are headed there this afternoon. Can't wait! Have a great time!

  6. You lucky girl - I'm so jelous your going to the Farm Chick Show. One of these years I'm going to make it there!

    Make sure you take lots of photos to share with all of us stuck at home!

  7. whoa I am jealous that your headed to the farm chicks show!! Great recipe!
    Stop by my blog! Giving away a cute camera strap today !!

  8. I'll be there! However, we dont leave till tomorrow!

  9. Great job on the beans....looks so good! I am sure you're going to have a blast at the Farm Chicks show, and hopefully, you take enough pics that we out here in the midwest might feel like we were there!

  10. Jealous, jealous, jealous- and I'm not talkin' about the beans. Happy National Donut Day!!!

  11. Please do put pictures of your trip on. I sure wish it were practical for me to go sometime...but living in MN does not lend to making a quick trip out there.

    OH yes....the beans look wonderful!

  12. Oooo have a super fun weekend! I so want to go! I'm within driving distance too! But it's not to be this time around! Next year though for sure!

    Thanks for the recipe! I have a good one that takes all day but sometimes I wait to long and we have to skip them! I'm definitely giving this a try soon!

  13. Santitas, woman, Santitas! (white corn)

    And, I just decided that I'm making up a plate of nachos, like, right now. An almost-midnight snack. That's how we roll, around here. If only I had two cans of pinto beans!!! I love refried beans. And so does Calvity.

    Looks like we're adding cooking to your chore list...

  14. Looks like a yummy recipe! I went to the Farm Chicks show yesterday with a group of friends and had a wonderful time! Got some really fun finds, I plan to blog about it later today! Can't wait to see what you got!

  15. I made these last week, and oh my goodness they.are.good!! I ate the leftovers with a spoon straight out of the container a few days ago and am making another batch now, since my nine-month preggo body is craving them! :) And the funny thing is... I never would touch refried beans before now. Now I crave them!? Thanks for a yummy and quick recipe!