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Slow Cooker Refried Beans


This is the next recipe in the 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals series.

I may or may not have a little tex-mex food problem.

Evidence here.

And here.

Oh, and over here.

That was just in the last few weeks during all my conference travels. Two of those outings were a day apart from each other. It’s a problem.

It’s also a problem taking 6 people out to dinner at a tex-mex place. Even though more than half are eating off the kid’s menu, it’s still MUY expensive.

So…let’s bring tex-mex HOME. For less.

This recipe made enough for my entire family to have with 2 meals. One meal as a side dish with fajitas, the other rolled up as bean (or bean and cheese) tacos.

Paired with my Tex-Mex Restaurant Style Rice and you can feed your family for DAYS on this!

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Servings: 4 persons


  • 1 lb. pinto beans
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 4 oz. can green chilies (or use jalapeos - 4 oz can, or 1 fresh - if you want more heat!)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and set on low for 8 hours.
  • Once cooked, strain off some of the juices and add beans plus a little liquid to the stand mixer and mix on low for 2 minutes. Then mix on the second level for another 2 minutes, or until reach desired consistency. Add more liquid from the slow cooker if need be to reach desired consistency.
  • Serve refried beans as side dish for your favorite tex-mex food...or wrapped up with some cheese in a tortilla.

And finally…here are a couple of shots from the process…

Beans after they finished slow cooking. You can see there is quite a bit of liquid leftover. You will want to use some of that during the mashing process, but not all of that. We aren’t making bean soup.

Time to get SMASHED.

Because I’m lazy. But really because I have been dealing with a fussy 18 month old (molars, anyone!?)…and my arms are TIRED from toting him around all day…

I used the stand mixer to mash the beans and it was lovely just standing there, watching it work it’s magic.

Yes, these are refried beans. They are ugly. And hard to photograph. But here they are. In all their delicious glory!

ENJOY my friend! ENJOY!