Crockpot Refried Beans

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Six Sisters’ Stuff has done it again! Another fabulous recipe … Slow Cooker Refried Beans (without the Refry!). Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these beans. Our family has been eating them plain, as a dip, in burritos and crunch wraps and every time we whip up a batch we can’t believe how easy it is! Jemma is a HUGE fan of chips and dip and she even helps set the crockpot timer on occasion :)

Plus, I’ve been trying to buy bulk beans instead of canned ones – it saves money and their is far less packaging! Here’s what you’ll need (well, my modified version after making a few crockpot fulls):

  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly diced
  • 3 cups of dry pinto beans … or a mix of pinto and black
  • A few slices of fresh jalepeno pepper, more if you want to up the spice
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 5 cups of water
  • 4 cups of chicken broth

Place everything in your trusty crockpot, stir, and cover, cooking on HIGH for 8 hours. If you notice it thickening up, add a touch of water … 1/4 cup at a time.

Once the beans are cooked, drain them (saving the liquid in a separate bowl). Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding saved liquid until you reach the desired consistency.

Check out Six Sisters for an additional recipe to turn your beans into a fancy schmancy bean dip!

One sidenote … Six Sisters says this recipe makes a ton, but we found it to be just perfect for our family of 7 (grandparents, Dom and I, 2 aunties, and Jemma). If you do have leftovers, let it cool, pour into a freezer Ziploc and freeze for quick beans on another night!

What are some of your family’s favorite kitchen creations?
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28 thoughts on “Crockpot Refried Beans

  1. Mandy O'Brien

    I need to be more organized about cooking with my crock pot. I can't say anything bad about a device which lets me cook while I do other things, including leaving the house! I'm going to have to try this.

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  2. hobomama

    Oh, my gosh, these beans look SO GOOD. Maybe I'm just hungry. :) Or maybe I just love beans! They sound so easy, too. Hooray for crockpot cooking!

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  3. Dionna @ Code Name:

    This looks SO good – we were talking about this at dinner last night, and Kieran said "and when you make all of the refried beans, on the second day, they will be ALL mine."Heh. I will be trying this soon, thank you for sharing!

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  4. Amy Willa

    Oh YUM. Abbey loves refried beans, and we do lots of mexican nights at our house but my least favorite part is "refrying" the pinto beans. So messy! Thanks for this recipe! I'm going to try it!

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  5. ThatMamaGretchen

    Haha! Kieran is too sweet! Jemma has been downing beans with her favorite crunchy chips lately so I'm sure he will love them :)

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  6. Megan Boucher

    oh yum yummy! I'm so bummed that Brendan and Carter don't like beans :( They won't even give them a chance. I think Carter just says he doesn't like them because Brendan doesn't. Ethan likes them though so thats good. I will have to make some of this, maybe half the recipe so we don't have too much. Looks great though!

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  7. ThatMamaGretchen

    Definitely try them for Ethan – Jemma loves "dipping" and has had them in quesadillas too.

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