Last night was Child #4's Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet. This year's theme was "Fiesta". I was assigned to bring taco meat, but I live with a household of Refried Bean lovers (they are a strange lot!), who were devastated that there would not be any Refried Beans at the party ( I know, I know, they are very QUIRKY). I was just going to open a few cans of Refried beans, until I did the math, and realized Refried Beans for forty hungry people is a lot of cans of beans. I needed a Plan B! After perusing the Internet, I found a recipe on AllRecipes.com that had a four and a half star review. Good enough for me, plus, they are cooked in the Crock Pot so they do most of the work by themselves. All members of the household gave them a two thumbs up, HURRAY! I will be making them again. I did tweak the recipe a little bit ( I seem to do this a lot. I must have a wild streak in me, I didn't know about!). Here is the final product.
Crock Pot Refried Beans
(makes fifteen 1/2 cup servings)
3 cups dried pinto beans
1 cup of finely minced onion ( I chopped mine up in the food processor)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 (4 oz.) can of chopped green chili peppers ( I tossed mine in with the onion and chopped them up more)
1 tablespoon chicken bullion
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
9 cups water
- Place dried beans in the crock pot . Cover with water and soak overnight.
- Drain water off of soaked beans and return beans to crock pot.
- Add onion, garlic, chili peppers, bullion, and spices to beans. Stir together.
- Cover with water.
- Turn the crock pot onto high and cook for 8 hours. Check beans periodically. If the water seems to be evaporating (the water is below bean level) add more hot water.
- When beans are soft and mash easily, drain beans. Reserve the liquid!
- Mash beans with a potato masher or mixer adding in enough bean broth to get a soft (not runny) consistency. You will not use all the broth. ( I cheated and ran my beans through the food processor in small batches. I just start the processor and slowly poured the broth in the neck of the lid until the beans reached the desired consistency.)
I poured that into plastic freezer containers (in two cup portions) to use as a base in soup, stew, and chili.