Slow Cooker Refried Beans: a Tale of Two Beans

November 3, 2013

We eat a lot of Mexican food, and refried beans are a favorite side dish. After trying a few recipes, I found one that I liked, but didn’t love. I made it quite a few times, always trying to liven it up a bit with things like cumin, chipotle in adobo, or hot sauce. Each time, it was good, but not quite there.

And then…I switched the bean. The recipe calls for pinto beans and says that you can also use black beans. I had been making it with black beans, so I decided to try pinto beans instead. What a difference! Tastiest refried beans ever!

You can find the recipe (and a lovely photo) here on Alaska from Scratch. Note that this recipe makes a whole lot of beans; I usually make a half batch.


  1. I’ll check it out! I’m a big fan of black beans, but pintos might be worth trying.

  2. I adore beans!!!

  3. I definitely want to try these!

  4. I love refried beans-sounds like a great recipe for me to try!

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