Unfried Refried Beans

"This is a healthier version than most refried bean recipes. You can make this vegetarian by using all water.And the best part of all it cooks in the crockpot! This is adapted from allrecipes.com"
Unfried Refried Beans created by Debbie R.
Ready In:
8hrs 15mins




  • Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into a slow cooker.
  • Pour in the water and stir to combine. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed.
  • Note: if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, then the temperature is too high.
  • Once the beans have cooked, strain them, and reserve the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.

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  1. fastcargozoom
    I made this and turned it into burritos! It made more than enough beans.
  2. whtbxrmom
    I doubled the garlic, which is normal for our house. I only used 1 jalapeno from the garden and it was plenty hot. Next time I will dice the onion and leave the jalapeno in bigger pieces so that our family members with frequent heartburn can pick them out of need be.
  3. Tys Kitchen
    I am NOT a big bean fan but wanted to use healthier re-fried beans in another recipes. I used half black beans and half northern beans. My only complaint was there was too much pepper for me. I also threw away the cooking water and added new water when I mashed them (somewhere I read that you should never use the first water when making beans because it causes nasty gases).
  4. Carianne
    Delicious and easy! I made a double batch so i could have some to freeze. Next time I will cut back on the black pepper.
  5. A.S.K.
    I made these yesterday and they were great! The beans I bought came with a packet of ham flavoring so I used that instead of stock. I also didn't use as much black pepper. Next time I'll probably chop up the onion because I had a hard time getting that to blend in. Over all the whole family really liked them. My 4 year old brought his stool and a spoon over to the crock pot and scraped out as much as he could. :) Thanks so much for posting, I'm sure I'll make this again and again!



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