Friday, August 31, 2012
Crockpot Refried Beans
Dried beans come in a variety of sizes, colors and the flavors are countless.
The dishes that can be created by adding beans are also numerous, they can include soups, salads, side dishes, salsa's, puree's, etc...
Sometimes I just don't have time to rehydrate them though. I buy the packages and when I want to use them I have not given myself enough time to prepare the red bean, black bean or pinto bean.
White lima beans, kidney beans and navy bean sit at the bottom of my pantry anxiously awaiting the day that I remember to soak them overnight or boil them in hot water for a few hours.
Like many, if I need some beans right now, I run to the store and buy them in a can.
We love refried beans and I will often serve them as a side dish when we have enchilada's, on our nacho's or in the bottom of a corn tortilla before we add the cheese, lettuce and ripe tomatoes.
Refried Beans is a simple dish.
I also learned it is an easy dish.
I found inspiration to try this recipe when I woke up one morning and my beans fell out onto the kitchen floor. I felt that they had flung themselves at me. THUD, landing at my feet.
My crockpot was sitting on the counter, and together, the beans and the crockpot, were telling me I needed to give my crazy thought a try.
In the end, I was so excited that I did because this dish came together nicely. I made it in the early morning and it was done by dinner time.
When you make your own refried beans you have so much control in how the flavors will be paired and the end result.
I will be making these from scratch for now on because I learned several things.
Yep, they were simply good.
Good taste, texture and flavor.
Recipe: Crockpot Refried Beans
6 cups of water
6 chicken bouillon cubes
3 cups of dried pinto beans
1 tablespoon of granulated garlic
2 teaspoons of onion powder
2 teaspoons of cumin
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup of jalapeno (optional)
Add all of the above ingredients to a crockpot.
Set temperature to high and cook for 4-5 hours. If you choose to cook it on low the time will be much longer, 8-10 hours.
I checked the beans after 3 hours to make sure they were doing okay and every hour after that.
You will have to remove some water when the beans return to their desired doneness. I removed almost one full cup.
I used a potato masher to mash the refried beans together. They will get thicker as they sit for a few minutes or even the next day.
I liked having a variety of beans in the dish that ranged from whole to mash.