Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans

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Slow Cooker Refried Beans from 100 Days of Real Food

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

I think I might be a little late getting on this bandwagon, but refried beans with melted cheese on a warm homemade whole-wheat tortilla is the bomb! Oh and don’t forget to top it with a little sour cream. I seriously cannot believe I am just figuring out how good this combination is. The reason why though is because I didn’t think I liked refried beans. That’s what happens when you only try them out of a can. But much like the difference between store-bought and homegrown tomatoes…homemade refried beans are light-years beyond the canned stuff! And with this super easy recipe below there is no excuse not to make them yourself. If you don’t already have one, you can buy the same slow cooker we have for about $25 and use it for this and other slow cooker recipes.

I am even going to pull out a bullet point list to tell you all the reasons why I like this recipe so much:

– Beans in general are super cheap and a good source of protein
– You don’t have to soak these dried beans overnight (which I often forget to do)
– They are sooo easy to make you could even do it with one hand tied behind your back :)
– You can freeze the leftovers for another day
– And for me, since I don’t normally love beans for textural reasons, this mashed up version is the perfect way to make them extra good

4.5 from 38 reviews
Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Adapted from
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
  • ½ fresh jalapeno or other hot pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • One big pinch of cumin
  • 6 cups water
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 8 hours or overnight while you are sleeping.
  3. Remove the bigger onion chunks and drain the excess liquid. If desired, save the excess liquid to add back to the final product to get the optimal consistency (i.e. not too dry).
  4. Mash remaining beans with a potato masher and voila! You have homemade refried beans.


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Pork Carnitas Tacos
The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot


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468 comments to Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans

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  • Megan

    Super tasty and easy! I loved that I was able to put everything in my slow cooker overnight and wake up to homemade beans. The taste is great, but I think I might add a touch more salt next time. I also think I am going to double the recipe; I just felt it didn’t make very much. I filled 5 half pint mason jars about 3/4 of the way full; for the effort of cleaning out the slow cooker, I will double it next time for freezing purposes.

    • Sarah

      If you look at the original recipe from allrecipes they use 1 tablespoon of salt for the 1 pound of beans. She drastically cut the amount down. I think 1 tablspoon is a bit excessive but I’ve done it with 1 1/2 teaspoons and it was prefect. I also added 2 strips of bacon, mmmm.

  • kathy

    immersion blender works fantastic to mash them

  • betsy

    I am already to make these tonight & looking forward to it & just realized I grabbed the wrong beans at the grocery store. I got roman beans instead of pinto beans. Would that be an ok substitution or should I wait to make till I get the pinto beans? thank you!

  • jane maihan

    I’ve asked a couple questions on different issues on this site and am not having any luck hearing back – could you please tell me how to come up with calorie information on this dish? as well as quite a few of your other dishes. (i.e. creamy homemade mac n cheese) I need to know how many calories are in your dishes. i use the recipes quite often but need to know this information. is there anyway someone could answer me back???
    The beans turned out really, really good.
    thank you,

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