Crockpot Refried Black Beans

I love Mexican food. I have been trying to re-create my favorite Mexican restaurants bean and rice burritos, I gave up. Nothing tastes like the real thing. So I have a healthier version and it starts with these refried black beans. I was incredibly intimidated to make refried beans, period. However, learning a basic recipe and tweaking it our taste buds, has been so simple!

Ingredients: 

  • 16 Ounces of dry black beans
  • 6 cups of Water
  • 1/4 cup dried onion
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Montery Jack Cheese, grated
  • Cilantro/Pico De Gallo to garnish
  • Cooking Spray

Utensils: 

  • 5-6 Quart Crockpot/Slow Cooker
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Mixing spoon
  • Large fork or potato masher
  • Hand held mixer

Instructions:

  1. Rinse beans in cool water, remove debris if needed
  2. Spray Crockpot with cooking spray if desired.
  3. Place beans in Crockpot.
  4. Add remaining ingredients
  5. Set it and forget it; I recommend 5 hours on high.           wp-1488428982788.jpg
  6. Turn Crockpot on low/warm
  7. Start mashing beans with masher or large fork
  8. Using hand held mixer, mix beans for about 6 minutes on slow-medium power.
  9. Stir together; Keep warm in Crockpot or serve immediately topped with cheese.

These make a great meal or a wonderful side to any Mexican dish. I love to eat beans with Mexican rice, wrapped in a tortilla! They are delicious, simple to make and so good for you!

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