Hands-Down Best "refried Beans"

"This is the best-ever recipe I've ever had for no-fry refried beans, and it happened as an accident after pureeing a "failed" old family 15 Bean Soup recipe. The soup was rescued after adding a little more broth (a little white wine might have worked as well) before heating, yet it immediately became clear that this "accident" produced the very best refried beans I've ever tasted for Mexican recipies of all kinds! Hope you like it, although it takes some time. Perfection deserves the extra effort, these really are the best no-refried "refried beans" ever!"
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Ready In:
16hrs 45mins


  • 1 lb 15 bean soup mix
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 12 lb chopped Polish sausage (or suitably flavored Tempah for vegetarians or vegans)
  • 2 2 tablespoons of better than bouillon chicken base or 2 tablespoons flavorful vegetable stock, see note


  • Soak the beans overnight, then rinse thoroughly. Cover with water times three (i.e., water three times the depth of the beans) in a large pot. Bring to frothy boil for one hour, then drain and rinse the suds off the beans.
  • Return to pot or a crockpot, add remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, then set to low and cook for 6-8 hours more, adding water or broth as necessary. Even if you burn a little on the bottom of the pot, all is well -- the toasty taste will blend into and enhance the Grand Finale.
  • After all this cooking the beans should resemble lumpy brown gravy. Ladle two cups or so at a time into a food processor or blender in batches, blend until very smooth.
  • Use in place of traditional refried beans -- or reheat with just enough broth (or wine)to make an excellent gourmet soup -- and enjoy!
  • NOTE: For Vegetarians use the vegetable stock and remember to only use the Tempeh as stated.

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