This recipe is so simple and so tasty. I love that you can use basically whatever you want to make it your own personal flavor. You will never go back to canned beans once you make these Crockpot Refried Beans. You will also love that they are super-economical!
Crockpot Refried Beans
- Bag of Dried Pinto Beans
- Green Pepper
- Jalapeno Peppers, Serrano Peppers, or whatever kind of peppers you like!
- Onion (optional)
- cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, or a packet of taco seasoning
Cook beans in a slower cooker with around 6 cups of water. Add your peppers, onion, and seasoning. I used what we had from our little garden – (2) green peppers, (2) jalapeno peppers, and (3) I don’t know what kind of little green peppers. I used a taco seasoning packet since we are out of cumin at the time along with a teaspoon or so of chili powder and red pepper flakes. I didn’t measure any of my ingredients, I just kind of tossed them all in.
Once the beans were cooked, I let mine cool because it was late. I then used my Ninja Chopper, my absolute favorite kitchen gadget, to mash the beans.
I adapted my recipe from Budget Bytes and she has some great step by step instructions with pictures.
Serves 4 – 6.
Post Dinner Analysis
Delicious enough to eat plain, on burritos, with chips, or however you like them! I left out the onion so that my picky onion hater would eat them too. However, I think if it was mashed up in there, he might not even notice.
Freeze in freezer friendly containers. I broke my batch up into several containers about the same amount that you would get in a can. Next time, I’ll triple my batch to maximize my time even further.
Meat it Up
I’d leave these just as they are. No need for meat. Though, I know some restaurants will ad some type of pork products to flavor. I don’t think these need it at all.
Meatless Mondays is a weekly feature which will showcase some of my hits and probably misses with living a meatless life. Many of you know I stopped eating meat about a year ago for personal reasons. While, I haven’t had any desire to go back to eating meat, it has been a struggle to find healthy foods to eat.
Everywhere you go, meat is the main dish. Since I was new to this lifestyle, it led me to eating unhealthy options. I’m on a path now to cook healthier options at home without meat. While going meatless is a personal choice for me, you can still save money by having one meatless meal a week.
Will you join me on this journey by preparing one meatless dish every week?
If you have any questions about the vegetarian lifestyle, you can read more about it at GoVeg.com.