Refried beans are wonderful! Savory, smooth, creamy, and filling–I love this recipe! I make it 1-2 times a week–for two people. We love to keep refried beans, rice, and chopped spinach in the fridge at all times. It makes life so much easier to be able to throw together a healthy meal on a moment’s notice. When I am out of ideas, groceries, or ambition I can make some eggs & top them with refried beans or spinach. Just as easily I can throw any of those ingredients into a tortilla and make a wrap or fry it in a pan & make a burrito.
I am all about healthy convenience. I first tried out this recipe a couple of years ago from the 100 Days of Real Food website. It is completely versatile: use your favorite dried bean, add in your favorite spices, and leave out the onion if you feel like it (or add in a second like I sometimes do.) Sometimes I even use broth instead of water. I typically use 1 cup of black beans and 1 cup of kidney beans–they are hearty and savory. You could actually be fooled into thinking a roast is cooking in the oven while these beans are simmering in the slow cooker!
If you love refried beans, nachos, tacos, and burritos, you will want to give this recipe a try! I even use this recipe to make my refried bean pie.
Slow Cooker Refried Beans
- 2 cups dried beans, rinsed well
- 1 onion, peeled & chopped in half
- 2-4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp chicken soup base
- 5 1/2 cups water
**I use my extra large crock pot for this recipe–If using a smaller size you may need to adjust & use less water or the beans will be very liquid-y**
- Place everything in the slow cooker, covered, on high for 8 hours.
- Turn heat off & let cool for 10-20 minutes (or you will get splattered with extra hot beans.)
- Using a stick blender with a metal (not plastic) tip, slowly blend the mixture until it achieves the consistency you desire. OR you can remove the large pieces of onion and mash by hand. There will be plenty of hot liquid hiding under those beans, so be careful.
I always loved refried beans but buying them in a can was never very appealing to me. Now you can enjoy protein packed refried beans without having to visit a restaurant or drive-thru!! They are filling, satisfying, and easy to use when you have a batch waiting in the fridge.