No Mexican meal is complete without a side of these healthy Refried Beans. Learn how easy it is to make your own delicious Refried Beans at home, better than anything you can get in a can, that’s for sure!
I love foods with a Mexican flare. I like the cheeses, the spices, the fact that a lot of it is naturally gluten free. It’s all good.
And like most things, homemade Refried Beans taste better than those that you can get in a can. I’ve used the beans in a tin when I needed them for convenience for a casserole or something like that, but I wouldn’t want to eat them alone with chips.
These easy, healthy Refried Beans (which are also naturally gluten free) topped with a little cheese or salsa, and you’re ready to dig in with your tortilla chips.
Be warned, they do take a while to make, but they can be made either on the stove, or in the slow cooker, I’ve done it both ways without a problem.
It also makes a large batch, so if you are not going to use them all within a week, once they have cooled you can put them in a heavy zipper bag and freeze them for the next time you need Refried Beans.
Recipes that you can use these Refried Beans in:
- Burrito Pie
- Cheesy Bean Dip
- Refried Bean and Cheese Quesadillas (use gluten free tortillas)
- Mexican Style Baked Potatoes
Easy, Healthy Refried Beans Recipe:
- 1 onion, peeled and halved
- 3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
- 1/2 cup fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
- 2 teaspoons gluten free chicken bouillon
- 9 cups water
Place all ingredients into a slow cooker (or heavy bottomed stock pot). Stir to combine.
For the slow cooker, cook on high for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Note: If more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, the temperature is too high.
For the stove top, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and cover, stirring occasionally. Cook for 3-4 hours, or until the beans are tender. Add more water if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking.
Once the beans have cooked, strain them, reserving the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding the reserved water as needed to attain the desired consistency.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
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Recipe and images updated February 2018.