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Refried Beans and Burritos for the Freezer

on August 6, 2012

My husband likes refried beans (I personally cannot stand any kind of bean-with the exception of a  green bean).  He recently discovered a quick, easy way to make his own refried beans.  Today he opened a can of refried beans that are about to expire and he said that his homemade beans are much better than the canned stuff!

Here’s what he uses:

Pinto Beans (he uses canned beans)


  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt-pinch or two

Begin heating beans in medium size saucepan.  Add spices (all to taste-try 1/2 teaspoon of each at a time).  Mash the beans while cooking.  Cook until thick and bubbly.

Once the beans are thick enough, remove from heat.

Spread a layer of beans, cheese, and (if desired) meat on a flour tortilla.  (It helps to heat the tortilla in the microwave first for about 20 seconds).   Then, fold your tortilla burrito style.  Now you’ve got your burrito.

Take your leftover beans and cheese and make as many burritos as your ingredients allow.  Allow the burritos to cool, wrap in plastic wrap  and foil, and freeze.   Reheat in the microwave until warm (about a minute or two-be sure to check every 30 seconds or so).

These homemade burritos have replaced the pricey, not-so-tasty frozen burritos sold in stores.  Enjoy!


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