Making refried beans in the slow cooker is ridiculously easy. Just let the beans cook for a few hours, mash them up and then eat or freeze for later.
I have been doing A LOT of cooking lately attempting to stock up my freezer as I just started homeschooling. I’m convinced I won’t have time for anything except teaching and preparing to teach. The Fall is also a very busy time for us because it’s football season and my husband is a high school band director so we pretty much eat, sleep, and breath marching band. But it’s always nice to have a few options for dinner in the freezer.
I love re-fried beans. Or I should say I love refried beans at a Mexican restaurant. I have tried many times to make them at home and failed. Miserably. But not this time! This recipe is a keeper and it turned out the best re-fried beans this side of Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant. I love to serve these with chicken enchiladas made with homemade tortillas and red enchilada sauce.
Please note: DO NOT ADD THE SALT UNTIL THE END! Thankfully, I caught this little instruction just as the beans were starting to cook so I just strained them and re-did the spices/water. But don’t do it. DO NOT ADD THE SALT UNTIL THE END. Ok? Ok!
Creamy, delicious and just about perfect re-fried beans.
5 minsPrep Time
8 hoursCook Time
- 1 pound bag of pinto beans
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 jalapeno (or half of it), seeded and diced
- 1/2 teaspoon (or less to taste) chili powder
- 6 cups water
- 1 Tablespoon salt (or more or less to taste)
- Dump beans into a colander and pick out any that are broken or shriveled. Rinse with water.
- Put beans and the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT SALT in a slow cooker. Stir to mix.
- Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. It's fine to overcook as they will mash easier if soft.
- Once beans are nice and soft, drain out as much liquid as possible.
- Mash beans, adding liquid back in as needed to get the consistency you like.
- Add salt to taste, a little a time so as not to oversalt.
- Serve warm with rice and/or cheese.
- Or put in to a freezer safe container and freeze.