I loves me some refried beans.  In fact, given the chance, Tony and I could probably eat a Taco Bell Burrito every day.  Back in the day they were only about .39 cents each!

I’ve made Veronica’s crock pot version of refried beans, and they are delicious.  Only one problem.  Since I’ve been making Souper Friday soups at work, I’ve kept my crock pot at work. 

I decided to try making the beans on the stove with dried beans.  My store sells dried beans for .99 to 1.49 a package – anything from pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans etc.  They are so much cheaper than buying canned, just takes a little bit of planning ahead.

Creamy Stovetop Refried Beans

  • Makes 10, 1/2 cup servings: 135 calories, 6 fat, 15 carbs, 4.5 fiber, 4.8 protein and 291 sodium


  • 2 1/2 cups dried pinto beans
  • water (I’ll explain below)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes (this were on the spicy side, adjust as needed)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce of choice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste

Rinse the beans well.  Put in a pot and cover with enough water so that there is 3-4 inches of water above the dried beans.  Cook with a lid on, medium low heat for 2 1/2 hours, checking periodically to make sure the beans aren’t sticking and there is still enough water covering the beans.

At this point, I just took it off the heat and let it sit until cool.  Drain the beans, reserving the liquid, then put in the food processor.  Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, and hot sauce and start to puree.  Add enough of the cooking liquid until desired texture – I love creamy refried beans, so I added 2 cups of the liquid.  Season with salt to taste.

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This hot sauce always reminds me of Melissa – I can still send you some Mel – it only costs .99 cents for this giant bottle and its not too spicy, but has a nice vinegary kick.

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Super creamy, just enough spice.  I used some for tacos on Wednesday night, then added 2 cups of this to my Refried Bean Black Bean Soup I posted yesterday. 

I could literally eat any type of Mexican food every day and never get sick of it!  Do you love Mexican food – feel free to link any of your Mexican recipes in the comments section Open-mouthed smile

I have a low key day today. Grocery shopping, baking bread, etc.  It’s 44 degees, overcast and rainy today.  Our backyard looks like a lake!

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I am happy about the daylight savings – last night I grilled in the dark!  Come back tomorrow, I have an amazeballs beef marinade you have to try.  Enjoy your Sunday!