Simple Homemade Refried Beans

"After trying some of the refried beans recipes from this site, I will never again eat them from a can. However, the recipes I enjoyed were time consuming. This recipe is a marriage between scrumptious home made and easy (like canned)."
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  • Place first four ingredients in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Cook until the butter is melted and the ingredients are heated through.
  • Remove pan from the heat source, and add the cheese.
  • Mash all of the ingredients in the pan with a potato masher or beat with a hand-held mixer.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

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  1. mrsoul51
    Easy, quick, and good. Cut in half for two. Added some hot sauce for more kick.
  2. jasesmommy13
    Pretty tasty but not my fave. If in a rush I will probably do this again other wards I will take the long road and make them authentically.
  3. lolablitz
    Delicious, wow! And so easy!!! Who knew? I added a little garlic powder mmmmmmmmm. Thanks for the keepr Cooks4_6!!
  4. Island Girl 525
    Yummy and so easy! I halved the recipe for 2 of us and added 1/2 tsp garlic powder. I will never buy the canned stuff again! Thanks for sharing
  5. This Spatula
    This was great! I used half the butter, and it was plenty rich. These were so much better than the canned ones - I'll be making them this way from now on. What a great idea to use salsa! Thank you!


I am originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and moved to Ohio in 1978. It was quite a culture shock going from the city to living next to the Amish. I spend most of my time cooking, cleaning and caring for my four kids. I have abandoned cookbooks and now cook from favorite, wilted recipe pages and the internet. I fell in love with my Italian family recipes (Scavo, Rotella, Scalzo, Micelli, Grande, Gigliotti) and my Mom's homecooked meals.
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