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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 64.1
  • Total Fat: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 408.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
  • Protein: 3.7 g

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Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Submitted by: PENSKE40
Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Introduction

Low-calorie and high-fiber, these tasty (not fried) beans make a quick supper when spread upon warm corn tortillas topped with melted cheese. Low-calorie and high-fiber, these tasty (not fried) beans make a quick supper when spread upon warm corn tortillas topped with melted cheese.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed and picked over for stones or debris
    6 cups water (enough to cover beans plus 2 inches)
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
    1/2 cup chopped onion (optional)
    1 clove garlic (optional)

Directions

Rinse pinto beans thoroughly with cold water.
Mix in salt.
Transfer beans into slow cooker.
Add enough water to cover the beans by two inches.
Add the pepper, onions and garlic.
Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours, or until most of the water has been soaked up.
Use a potato masher to acheive a refried bean consistency. Serve warm.
*Note* Since temperatures and sizes differ in slow cookers, some experimentation with cooking times may be necessary.






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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful! I cooked these overnight and hit them with a stick blender in the morning--smooth and easy. I weighed the whole batch on a gram scale and divided by 8 to get portion sizes. Doubled the garlic, added sage, cayenne, cumin, and allspice, halved the salt and skipped the pepper. Thanks!! - 1/23/10

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This is an excellent recipe! As a busy person, I'm always looking for recipes that are not labor intensive. i spiced mine up more than suggested and I plan to add liquid smoke next time around. I also sprayed by masher with oil and the beans did not stick to it. - 12/20/08

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    This has become my go to recipe for refried beans. I love how simple it is to make and how cheap and healthy it is compared to buying a canned version. I usually add a tsp of red pepper flakes instead of the black pepper and a bit more garlic. - 7/16/09

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  • Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    needs just a touch of fat, and some more spices.
    Made it again with chicken bouillon. For me, that's the answer. - 6/15/08

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  • 6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I have many Spanish friends they all add a little half & half cream or coffee creamer to their beans to make them creamy. To make them wonderfully spicy the best easiest thing they do is add chorizo to them I like the Vegetarian chorizo go easy on it a little can go a long way! - 10/17/10

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Cooked these for six hours using pinto beans, salt, pepper and garlic. Poured out some water then mashed. These tasted awesome and the garlic made them spicy. Really a fast and great addition if you love refried beans:) - 1/4/10

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  • Very Good
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This was very good. I added chili powder and cumin and it was perfect! - 11/17/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I love this recipe. It is so adaptable. I made a huge batch and used half for refried beans and the other half for brown rice and beans tomorrow night. I added lime, cilantro, chili, cumin, salt and pepper to the refried bean half. - 1/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is so quick and easy to make. Wraps made with this and guacamole or rice and salsa has become a staple of my diet. It keeps well in the fridge, and freezes well too. I love that I can use dried beans in this recipe and don't even have to soak them first. - 11/20/10

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Using the slow cooker is a great way to prepare beans. This is a good basic recipe allowing for additional flavoring/seasoning based on personal preference. I often make one big pot of beans and divide it into several batches - seasoning each individual batch based on the dish I'm preparing. - 10/9/09

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  • 4 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Is this supposed to be 2 cups canned or 2 cups dried beans? - 1/8/08

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    To avoid gas,soak the beans 1st overnight.Then drain and rinse before proceeding with this recipe.It sounds like a great idea and a great recipe.I'll be trying this soon.... - 4/3/11

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love it and sometimes I would add either turkey smoked sausage or soup bones. - 4/3/11

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  • Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Definitly needed more spices and flavoring but a great base recipe. will probably use again but add alot more spice. - 9/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe, followed to a T cuz I was adding too many spices to my refried beans and my "authentic" boyfriend wasn't caring for it too much..he loves these! - 9/17/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I added 1 TB lime juice, 1/2 tsp chili powder and 1 extra clove of garlic. Very Good.... will make quite often. - 6/19/07

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was also good for a sandwich filler, added raw onions, lettuce, dill pickle - 11/14/10

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is great, but make sure everyone that eats it is good friends with each other in the same room. - 3/2/09

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I'd like to apologize to everyone for the way I phrased my comment on this recipe. The recipe is clear in basic instruction for preparing the beans. (I was having a bad day.) I do like more intense flavor, however. Thanks for forbearing and not jumping all over me in return for my criticism. - 1/12/08

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    To the one who asked canned or dry beans: It is dried beans. Canned beans dont need to be cooked first in a slow cooker. Hope this helps! - 1/12/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I havent made this particular recipie, but its just like the one I make, difference is, I add a chopped up Jalepeno and a diced tomato. Also instead of mashing them, I toss them in the mixer for about 3 minutes and they are really creamy. - 6/19/07

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious and super easy for a super busy mom!!

    For those curious, the 8 servings comes out to about 8-5oz servings...which is a ton for a burrito!! I would have made two, but 210 cals per tortilla is ridiculous! Thanks for sharing. :) - 4/5/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I just made this today. . .forgot that the beans would expand, so now I have a TON of beans! :o) I put the drained beans in the blender with a Tbsp of minced garlic and it was AMAZING!! - 1/1/09

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Great recipes just as it is but can add different seasoning to your taste. - 1/12/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    tHESE ARE GRAND AND SO VERY HEALTHFUL. I WILL MAKE THESE AGAIN - 1/12/08

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  • Very Good
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I added fresh lime juice, 1tbsp. Hatch chili powder and extra garlic. Very good. Also makes a good bean soup like my hubby loves. - 7/24/07

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  • I love this recipe! I cooked mine overnight for about 10 hours on low. Then I used my stick blender to get the consistency that I was looking for. As others have mentioned, the end result is rather bland, but I like that because I can add spices according to my current desires or needs. - 9/26/14

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  • I made this recipe today and really enjoyed it. It's so versatile. Very good. Going to use part of it as a sandwich filling, and some in wraps. Glad it freezes well. Thank you. - 8/9/14

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  • So, does slow cooking remove the need for soaking followed by a short hard boil before simmering?
    I soak my dried beans overnight, bring to the boil in fresh cold water, 10 minutes cooking at a good roiling boil (get rid of problems), final gentle simmer for however long is recommended on the pack. - 12/19/13

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  • Just made this and it turned out great. Followed the recipe and it tastes great. Really satisfying. - 7/3/13

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  • I substituted black beans for pinto beans and my famiy loved them. They were a little bland but everyone was able to doctor them to their own tastes by topping with salsa, hot sauce, cheese, etc. Next time I would use a little less water and add more spices. - 6/10/13

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  • So easy and so delicious! Thanks for sharing :) - 5/22/13

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  • Didn't have to change a thing and they came out perfectly. I just might be done buying canned refried beans. Thank You!! - 5/14/13

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  • Good! I doubled the recipe and thus doubled the water, and even after 8 hours the water wasn't soaked up, so I drained it. Probably should've left some in there because consistency was a little dry. It's a little too peppery for me, but I really like it and can easily adjust next time! - 3/26/13

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  • Great recipe!!! Threw it all in the crock-pot last night, turned it to low when I went to bed. Just like sleepmom I blended them with my stick blender. I tasted them and decided to add just a little onion powder and garlic salt. Yummy!! Divided them up and put them in the freezer. Perfect! Thanks!! - 1/16/13

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  • This recipe couldn't be any easier. I actually used a little too much pepper but that was my error. I'll be making this again. - 8/25/12

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  • I used 4 cups water with canned beans and it's soup. Recipe does not specify - use DRIED beans?? - 7/31/12

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  • I love this recipe, I added cumin, chili powder and some MRS DASH SW Spice. - 6/26/12

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  • Excellent flavor but way too much pepper. - 2/1/12

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  • great just made thank you - 1/28/12

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  • simple, easy, and yummy! - 1/22/12

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  • Oh YUMMY! I threw in a jalapeno and about 1t Mexican oregano, too! SO much nicer than from the store! - 10/18/11

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  • i look forward to making this. it sounds simple and tasty. - 9/4/11

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  • Great recipe-my family loves to have these! - 8/16/11

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  • Very good - 7/31/11

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  • I soaked the beans overnight, I added 1 tsp of cumin & cayenne pepper. After 8 hrs in the crockpot it had the consistency of a tasty bean soup. Before mashing I drained some liquid but felt it lost quite a bit of flavor. I added more cumin & cayenne but it was still flat for me. A good start though - 7/26/11

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  • Love them! - 6/1/11

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  • Made this yesterday it was very good will b e make again. - 5/6/11

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  • I have everything I need, so I'll be making this soon, THNAKX for sharing this - 5/5/11

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  • yum!... i added a can of tomato sauce and some chopped jalapeno... i will make my beans in the crockpot from now on! thanks for the recipe! - 4/6/11

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  • A word of warning! Never do this with red kidney beans or you may wind up with red kidney bean poisoning. http://www.foodreference.com/html/artredki
    dneybeanpoisoning.html
    Soak red kidney beans overnight and throw out the water then boil for 10 minutes before putting red kidney beans in a crockpot. - 4/3/11

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  • Don't really care for this. - 4/3/11

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  • Sounds good..........I will try soon. - 4/3/11

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  • Love it !!! I have been cooking my refried beans this way for years.I come from a traditional spanish family and we all cook them this way. So much healthier. - 4/3/11

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  • I'm heading to the kitchen to start right now! Sounds great and I am rating it on how it will be, I'm sure! - 4/3/11

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  • What a great wasy to cook beans, I'm sooooo happy to get one. - 4/3/11

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  • yes they where good . summer is coming and this served to your bbq people they will love this . make the day before and heat to serve the day of the pinci - 4/3/11

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  • Great!! I love this you can change the flavor with different spices. - 4/3/11

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  • Another hit! Great base recipe. To get the bacon flavor I love, I slow render some pork belly, remove from pan, pour off the fat, add evoo to pan, heat up while scraping bottom then add bacon flavored oil to beans. mmmmmm bacon. - 4/3/11

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  • very good--- tastes good too-- - 4/3/11

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  • You can make quantity adjustments to make what fits you situation. - 4/3/11

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  • I've made this recipe but added some cumin...really good thanks. - 4/3/11

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  • sounds like a good base to start with... Thanks! - 4/3/11

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  • Can't wait to try this one. I will as soon as I get to the store for beans! - 4/3/11

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  • I really like the variations in this recipe, this recipe sounds excellent. I will be trying it soon. - 4/3/11

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  • I never heard of adding coffee creamer to refried beans! - 4/3/11

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  • Sounds Yummy...I think I'll add some red wine to make it a tad richer.
    I think I'll make a double batch and put it in containers and freeze it for future use. - 4/3/11

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  • Does this work well with black beans instead of the pinto beans? - 4/3/11

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  • This one is a goodie. So simple and so good. I just can't wait to try it. I'm sure that it will become a regular part of my diet. No need to get bored. The variations are almost endless. - 4/3/11

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  • I can't wait to try this recipe. It sounds great! - 3/26/11

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  • Very tasty! The texture was a little different than I expected but the flavor was great. - 3/22/11

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  • Easy and Great! - 1/11/11

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  • Excellent! So much better than canned refried beans. - 8/25/10

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  • Very good. Thanks! - 7/30/10

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  • Love this Recipe! - 7/12/10

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  • This was so easy. It was my first time making beans of any kind and loved it. I think I did not add enough salt 1/2tsp vs 2tsp....not big on salt. My batch came out bland and not sure why I did add cumin and chilli like other did...I can not wait to try again. Thanks - 6/29/10

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  • It was good, but bland. I added taco seasoning. - 3/3/10

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  • I added more cominos, garlic and some chile ancho`,, toss in some diced turkey ham for flavor too, good tip spraying the masher with pam! - 12/21/09

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  • Super easy and good! - 10/2/09

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  • This was pretty yummy. I was needing some good ole mexican food and this helped a lot. - 1/5/09

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  • this was okay - I think I will use this often too - but I have a feeling that I need to add ingredients too to make it perfect to my taste =) - 3/24/08

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  • I wish this said how large a serving is... the flavor is good and I liked it but not knowing how big a serving is made it difficult to determine actual calories, protein, etc... - 2/1/08

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  • I loved this recipe. Soooooooooo easy. I use different beans in it and make it a soup, too. I usually add more garlic and it's wonderful. I am making it again today. with 15 bean-soup combination of beans. It's snowing terribly here. :( AGAIN!! - 1/29/08

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  • My family loves this recipe. - 1/14/08

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  • I always make beans this way. I make green chil with 92% lean ground beef to put on top. Delicious. - 1/13/08

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  • Agree with outofideas-needs more flavoring and as to mixing them in blender or mixer--my Mexican mother in law just doubled over laughing!! - 1/13/08

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  • I am looking forward to making this. I was just thinking that I would like to have a refried bean recipe that wasn't fatty and full of cheese. That's how I am use to having them. I also like the additional suggestions for spicing them differently. Can't wait to make these. - 1/13/08

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  • Really good & easy - 1/12/08

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  • I thought this was very good would make it again - 1/12/08

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  • I LOVE this and it is so easy to make! I can change the taste of it every time I make it to see what I like most with very little effort. - 1/1/08

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  • I too added chili powder and cumin as well as 2 cloves garlic. - 6/6/07

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  • I added 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon cumin. I will use this recipe often. - 5/30/07

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