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Chipotle “Refried” Beans

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Chipotle "Refried" Beans

Chipotle "Refried" Beans

Jessica Braider
If you have ever wondered how to make how to make refried beans, this recipe makes about 4 cans worth. Some of the beans can be pureed to be used as “refried” beans and some can be left whole and stored to use in burritos, salads, or other recipes. Use the refried beans in burritos, quesadillas, nachos, or as a dip for tortilla chips or vegetables.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Latin American, Mexican
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 lb. dry black beans
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 tsp.
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and chopped (optional) (can use Dorot chili pepper)
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 6 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 - 3 chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce or to taste


  • Combine all ingredients except the chilis in adobo and salt in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 7 – 9 hours until the beans are tender.
  • Place a large colander or strainer into a large bowl and strain the beans so that the water and beans are separate.
  • Put 3 cups of beans in a food processor, add 1 – 3 chipotle chili peppers in adobo sauce (from a can), and 3/4 – 1 cup of the reserved cooking liquid, and puree the beans to desired consistency. This makes the equivalent of roughly 2 cans of refried beans.
  • For a creamier texture, use more of the liquid and puree longer.
  • Repeat with the second half of the beans or you can store the remaining beans in 1 1/2 cup increments (refrigerate or freeze) to use in recipes in place of canned beans.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate it for up to 1 week or freeze it for up to 3 months.


Want to make plain beans from scratch? Check out our post on how to make beans in the slow cooker or Instant Pot pressure cooker.
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Keyword Dairy-Free, Fall, Freezer-Friendly, Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Make-Ahead, Nut-Free, Side Dish, Slow Cooker, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
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