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Low Sodium Refried Beans

Kidney friendly low sodium refried beans! You'll never buy refried beans in a can again!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy refried beans, low sodium refried beans, slow cooker refried beans
Servings: 12 1/2 cup
Calories: 132kcal


  • Slow cooker


  • 1 lb dry pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Combine beans, water, garlic, onion, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a slow cooker. Cook on low at least 6 hours, until beans are very soft.
  • Drain water, reserving the liquid.
  • Using a potato masher, mash the beans. Add enough reserved liquid to meet your consistency preference.
  • Add remaining 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add more spices to taste!


Nutrition Facts (per 1/2 cup): 132 calories, 0.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 8g fiber, 0g added sugar, 8g protein, 125mg sodium, 45mg calcium, 406mg potassium, 135mg phosphorus, 25mg oxalate
Note: Most of the salt in this recipe is removed with draining the liquid! You can make this recipe even lower in sodium by omitting the salt.