Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Slow cooker Refried Beans so delicious you will never buy canned again! #recipe

One of my absolute favourite comfort foods is burritos. Once every week or two I make the family a big burrito and taco dinner. I used to buy canned refried beans from the grocery store but I never really cared for them and always found them too expensive. Surely I could make them at home. And not only would I save money but they would be healthier and tastier.

Boy was I right! These slow cooker beans are soooo yummy I can eat them with a spoon straight from a bowl. My girls love them so much too. A few weeks ago I bought canned beans because I hadn't planned ahead and forgot to get the beans cooking in the slow cooker in time.  They weren't liking their burritos too much that night. They told me over and over how much they wished I had made my homemade beans because they are so much better.

I hope your family loves them as much as we do.

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

3 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed
1 medium onion, peeled and quartered
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1-2 tbs minced garlic
3-5 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cumin
8-10 cups of water

Add all of the ingredients above to your slow cooker and stir to combine. You may want to start off with 8 cups of water and add more if needed as the beans soak it up. Cook for at least 8 hours on high depending on your slow cooker. I put mine in the night before just before I go to bed and cook on high til dinner time the next evening.

Once the beans are finished cooking you can either strain them, reserving the liquid to add to the beans as needed when you mash them, or what I do is take my soup ladle and ladle out as much liquid as I can. If you leave to much liquid you'll get soupy beans.

Then I take my hand blender and blend the beans til they are nice and smooth with no lumps. But if you like more texture to your beans you could use a potato masher instead.

I hope you give this recipe a try. I can almost guarantee you'll never want to buy canned beans again!


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  1. I think I'll try making this. It looks easy and my hubby would love it.

  2. i'm definitely trying these! maybe this weekend!

  3. I tried something like this, but made it way too salty. I have pinto beans so I can make more--I'll have to try your recipe! Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday's Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty's Tuesday's Pinterest Board!

  4. My entire family loves beans and they're so healthy! I didn't learn until this year that it's the seeds that are hot. Provided they don't rub against the inside of the pepper, you can eat it like an apple and it's not hot at all!? Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  5. This sounds great! It would be perfect for a party or just to nosh on throughout the a long day of football!

  6. i'm definitely trying these! thanks

  7. I cant thank you enough for this recipe. I love Mexican food and have not had it in so long as refried canned beans are as you say, WAY TO EXPENSIVE. Wow.

    1. You are very welcome :) My family won't touch canned beans since I started making our own. Homemade is just WAY yummier! (and you just can't beat the price!)


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