These refried beans are perfect for large gatherings, for meal prepping, and are not only cheaper and healthier than store bought…but also tastier in our opinion! I made them for Zack’s 30th birthday party to serve with carnitas tostadas, and I’ve made them since then too to freeze and store in batches. We actually eat a lot of beans in our house, and it’s so nice to have this version all ready to go to make dinnertime quicker. We use them for refried bean tacos, in quesadillas, on sweet potato nachos, and on regular nachos too of course. They’re also delicious served by themselves as a side dish. I’m sure you can think of a million other ways to serve them too, stuffed in enchiladas, burritos, or as an alternative to meat in many recipes.
These are done in a crockpot so the effort is minimal, but if you don’t already have an immersion blender to puree them with when they’re done I highly recommend investing in one. Every time I use mine I comment to my husband how I can’t imagine cooking without one. It’s such a convenient handy tool, and will probably get you trying more recipes you wouldn’t otherwise make by cutting down on extra work and dishes! So there’s my little spiel on that. But back to the recipe, basically, we’re never going back to cans of refried beans again. And if you prefer the traditional refried beans as opposed to black beans, just substitute in pinto beans and you’re good to go!
- 2lbs black beans, rinsed and picked over
- 1 Large onion, chopped
- 1 Jalapeno pepper
- 8 Garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tablespoons salt
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 Teaspoon black pepper
- 10 Cups hot water
- Combine all of the ingredients in a crockpot. Cover, and cook on high for 4 hours and then turn it to low for the remaining 2 hours.
- Uncover, and drain extra liquid into a bowl, leaving just enough liquid to reach your desired consistency when the beans are pureed.
- Puree with an immersion blender, or if you don't have one mash with a potato masher. Add reserved bean water if necessary to thin them out.
- Serve warm, refrigerate, or freeze for future use.