Slow Cooker Refried Beans

This recipe is a goldmine. It’s insanely cheap and the possibilities it creates are endless. A few ways you can use up these beans:

  • enchiladas–mix them with some shredded cheese and roll it up in corn tortillas. arrange in a casserole dish and pour enchilada sauce all over.
  • bean&rice burritos–mix some up with some brown rice. put it in a big tortilla, along with some jalapenos and salsa. roll it up and toast it in a skillet.
  • tostadas–spread some on top of a fried (or baked…the point is to crisp it up) corn tortilla. add whatever other toppings you like: avocado, cheese, olives, taco sauce, salsa, etc.
  • beans&rice–no explanation needed for this one. just simple deliciousness.
  • refried bean tacos–use it as taco base (instead of ground meat) in hard or soft taco shells
  • taco pizza–use it instead of pizza sauce to make a taco pizza. pile on some cheddar cheese, olives, tomatoes, roasted corn, etc.
  • Mexican pizzas–get two crispy corn tortillas (either fried or baked), spread a layer of taco sauce and then the beans on both. Stack them up and put shredded cheese and diced tomatoes on the top layer. cook it under the broil for a few minutes, until cheese is bubbly.
  • side dish–to any Mexican food you like.

This also freezes very well. Most times, I’ll freeze half a batch once it’s done cooking and cooled off. Just spoon it into a freezer ziploc bag and lay it flat in the freezer. It’ll defrost super quick, making for easy weeknight dinners down the road.

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Makes about 6-7 cups of cooked beans


  • 1 pound of dry pinto beans
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 5 cups of water

Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 5 to 6 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours. You want them to get reallllllly soft.

Generously salt to taste once they’re done. Give them a good stir and then mash them up with a potato masher (or a fork, if you don’t have one of those). If it’s runnier than you’d like, let it sit on the counter with the lid off. It’ll thicken up if it’s left to sit at room temperature like that.

Have fun coming up with ways to use these up!



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