Refried Beans

I am on a Mexican food kick lately. For some reason it is a bit of comfort food for me.

Also, I am not really clear if you are even interested in this recipe or not. However, my favorite part of this little blog is the fact that I can go back and find recipes I have made and love without scrolling through pages and pages of Google results. So here you go.

 Easy homemade refried beans in the crockpot!

These aren’t REALLY refried beans because there is no frying going on. They are so flavorful just the way they are but you could throw some lard in a pan and sautee the beans up a bit. I don’t think it is necessary.

I am not a crockpot type of cook. In fact I rarely use my crockpot at all. But somehow the idea of dumping everything in the pot, walking away, then coming back to find ready to mush beans was appealing. The long cook time gives it tremendous flavor too.

Easy homemade refried beans in the crockpot!

This recipe makes a big bunch of beans. More than our family, even with company, could consume in one meal. I have happily discovered refried beans freeze beautifully! I divvy up the leftover beans into 2-3 servings, pop it in ziplock bags, and then toss them in the freezer. Super frugal to boot.

Now if only I could convince Little that they truly are tasty…

Easy homemade refried beans in the crockpot!

Refried Beans (makes about 12-15 servings)
from All Recipes

1 onion, peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
9 cups water
Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into a slow cooker. Pour in the water and stir to combine. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Note: if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, then the temperature is too high. Once the beans have cooked, strain them, and reserve the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency. Nom.

Easy homemade refried beans in the crockpot!

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