As a Vegetarian, I'm never sure if the Refried Beans in a restaurant are Vegetarian. Traditionally they're made with Lard. I make my own at home. These are easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Beans.
We're planning to have a Tamale Christmas Dinner this year and I'll make these to accompany the meal.
These turned out perfectly. I don't think I'll ever buy canned Refried Beans again.
Crock Pot Refried Beans
1 - 2 lb. bag of Dried Pinto Beans
2 Onions, peeled and shredded in a Food Processor with the Shredding Blade.
8 Cloves of Garlic, minced. (I used 4 very large cloves)
2 TBS Cumin
The packet of Seasoning from the Bag of Beans. (I just discovered that not all bags of Pinto Beans include a flavor pack.) If they don't, add the following spices to the Crock Pot in addition to the Salt and Cayenne Pepper mentioned below. (1 1/2 tsp Chili Powder, 1 1/2 tsp Paprika, 1/2 tsp Granulated Sugar.
2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
11 C Water
Place the Beans in the Crock Pot.
Layer in the following order:
The Packet of Seasoning
Do not stir!
Cover, cook 12 hours overnight on low. (8 - 10) hours on high.
I didn't stir them until after 2 hours.
Blend the Beans with an immersion blender until creamy smooth.
Serve with the following garnishes:
Pickled Jalapeno Nacho Slices
Shredded Queso Quesadilla Cheese
Sliced Green Onions
Peace in the Kitchen!