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Monday, May 3, 2010

Refried Beans-Hold the Refry

I am on a bit of a "south-of-the-border" kick lately.  I have not really been a fan of refried beans, but Sarah loves them, so I have been trying to find an alternative to canned beans.  I really like this recipe I found on allrecipes.  First, I can make them in my crock pot.  Second, they don't call for bacon fat, or other funky ingredients, so they're actually pretty healthy.  Third, it makes a lot of beans which keep really well in the freezer or refrigerator.  Fourth, even I think they are REALLY YUMMY as a side dish or wrapped in a warm tortilla.  I have made several batches over the last few weeks.

1 onion peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans; rinsed with stones removed
1/2 fresh jalapeno; seeded and finely chopped
2 Tbsp minced garlic (5-6 average size garlic cloves)
5 tsp. salt
1 3/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
9 cups water

Add all ingredients to crock pot, adding water last.  Cook on high* for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Note: if you need to add more than 1 cup of water, the temperature is too high.  

After beans have cooked, drain them reserving some of the water.  Mash with a potato masher adding reserved water until you get the consistency you want.

*My crock pot tends to cook really hot, so I cook the beans on high for 1-2 hours and then turn it down to low.


  1. Could have halve the recipe, or is it just easier to put the extra in the freezer?

  2. I'm sure you could halve it, but it really does freeze well, so you could save yourself some work and save half for later.

  3. Wow, these are good. They are the best refried beans I have ever had. They had just the right amount of seasoning and heat. -Liz