I went to high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While there I developed an obsession with Mexican food, which in Albuquerque has a little hint of the Native American tribes that are in the area as well. There is nothing quite like it. So good. As an adult, I’ve been to Mexico a few times, plus my husband has co-workers that are Mexican and they cook for us on occasion. Not a bad deal really. They are excellent cooks. There is this Mexican restaurant in my town that is really excellent. Their food is as authentic as I have had. Really great food. Until I ate there, I didn’t know how much I like refried beans. I decided to try my hand as a version of Healthy Refried Beans to see if I could come up with something close that is really good. It took a couple of tries, but I did it! I love them so much. I thought I would share the recipe with you, in case you too love refried beans, but don’t eat fried foods.
I use my crock-pot to cook my beans because then I can cook them overnight. I add my spices, chopped onions and chopped peppers. Then I cover them with water, turn them on low and let them cook. So easy.
These are the beans in the morning. Allow them to cool for a few hours so you don’t burn yourself.
When they are cool, run them through your food processor or blender in two batches, but mix them in the same bowl to make sure that all of the spices and vegetables are incorporated.
At this point you can either heat them up and eat them, or divide them out into serving size bags and freeze them. My husband doesn’t eat them, so I freeze them 1 serving per baggie.
- 1 pound dried pinto beans
- 1 large white onion, peeled and cut into six pieces
- 1 cup sliced bell peppers, orange, red and yellow
- ½ Tbsp garlic powder
- ½ Tbsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- water to cover beans
- Mix all of the ingredients in a large slow cooker.
- Cover the beans with water.
- Turn slow cooker on low.
- Cook until beans are tender, about 12 hours.
- Allow beans to cool.
- Blend by batches in a food processor or blender.
- Reheat to serve or freeze for later.
I hope you love the beans as much as I do. It’s so great that they are ready when you want them. If you freeze them, be sure to use BPA free baggies or containers. Reheat in either a pan or glass bowl, not in the baggie.
What is your favorite type of food?