Healthy Homemade Crock Pot Refried Beans – No Lard

March 13, 2013

I really had no idea that homemade refried beans were so easy to make until I tried this recipe at 100 Days of Real Food.  I tweaked that recipe enough that it became somewhat different from their recipe, so I thought creating my own recipe was in good order.  Most of the ingredients are the same, but  I changed the amounts to suit my preference for stronger garlic, onion, and salt flavors.  I always figured refried beans only came from a can and that making them at home would be a long laborious process.  Boy, was I wrong!  I’ll never buy another can of refried beans again.  This takes literally 5-10 minutes to prepare and is absolutely more delicious than anything from a can.  Be sure to do this before bed or in the morning before work, because they need 6-8 hours to cook fully.

Put in your crock pot the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups dry pinto beans
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 chopped jalapeno peppers, ribbed and seeded (or leave them in if you like it very spicy)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 6 cups water

Dry ingredients in the crock pot

Cook in your crock pot or slow cooker on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.  After they are fully cooked, use a ladle to remove about 3/4 of the remaining water.  Mash the mixture with a potato masher and viola! you have healthy, delicious refried beans that are not from a can!  Salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.  They will be a bit runny until they cool some, so don’t worry.

I love to top them with shredded Gruyere cheese and a large spoonful of plain yogurt.   Mmmmmm…..  And a nice way to have them on-hand is to bag them in 2-cup serving sizes in the freezer and defrost when you’re ready to use them.  I haven’t tried it yet, but I imagine they could be defrosted in the crock pot!



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