I made Crock Pot refried beans! Yeah!
I am very into cheap and/or free food and making my own beans seamed to make "cents"!
I always fallow CrockPot Lady's blog and have been wanting to try her recipe for refried beans for some time now.
I always try to make in bulk and felt that 2 cups was not enough for my 6qt. but I did it anyways.
FYI- 2 cups dry beans = about 4 cups soaked (24 hours with 3 water changes) and around 4 cups of finished beans.
L and I washed and sorted the beans as the boys played outside working on bicycles, or model rockets, or some other big-boy toys. (Pasta bake was cooking in the oven!)
I let them soak overnight and then all day and cooked them overnight last night. In all they cooked on low in my Crock for about 9 1/2 hours. I didn't have any onions or garlic in the house so I used
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
I poured them into a container and mixed in the rest of the whole beans for thickness. Stuck the container in the fridge and headed to work!
I ate a cup tonight with 1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and a bunch of leftover tortilla chips! Great full dinner! Tomorrow we might have bean and cheese burritos, or maybe some taco bake, or maybe taco pizza!
Next time I will use 4 cups of beans and double the spices. For all the work I did I should go ahead and make a full crock worth. I had to buy a 8 lbs. anyways and now have 2 huge pickle jars waiting to be crocked!
On a side note:
S was a little worried about fat content after we figured out the waffles I made this morning had a LOT (14 grams or so!). Pinto beans are fat free! Yeah pinto beans!