[Recipe] Honestly Just Like Restaurant Re-Fried Beans

Re-fried beans out of a can are safe; you know exactly how they’ll taste. One step up from the can is restaurant style re-fried beans. Then who quite knows where home-made beans rank, but they usually don’t compare to restaurant quality.

I found a crock-pot recipe that’s spot on with restaurant style beans. They’re super easy and cheap to make with absolutely no-fret cooking.

Save money and keep the great flavor with these delicious re-fried beans!

Restaurant Style Re-fried Beans

Makes about 6 cups


  • 3 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked over
  • 7 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note: If you use chicken broth instead of the chicken bouillon granules, use 6 cups of broth and 1 cup of water.


1.) Put everything in the crock-pot excluding the salt and pepper.


2.) Cook on high for 9 hours, until beans are tender.

3.) Blend beans until smooth. Add water if needed and season to taste with salt and pepper.

blend-beans blended-beans finished-re-fried-beans

4.) Freeze leftover beans for later. They last up to 4 months in the freezer. When warming back up, loosen them up with a few tablespoons of water.


Easy to Make

This recipe is as simple as you can get to making re-fried beans. Rinse beans, chop onion, dump into crock-pot with spices and that’s it.

Anything quick and easy to put together is a big help for me. I’m all for it!

Care-free Cooking

Cooking in a crock-pot is genius!

Baking beans over the stove is a little more stressful. Worrying about the water level and burning beans is not fun.

I’d much rather not worry about the beans, knowing they’ll be cooked perfectly without my help.

Tastes Authentic

I’ve tried other re-fried bean recipes and they just don’t taste right. This one is spot on and lives up to it’s name as restaurant style beans.

There’s no lard in this recipe. You get the perfect flavor without the extra fat. Love it!

The Wrap Up

beans-with-chicken-enchiladasThese re-fried beans are definitely a better alternative to canned re-fried beans and they taste amazing like you’re eating at a restaurant.

Enjoy saving money and savoring the flavor! 🙂

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