Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ten From-Scratch Recipes for Slow Cooker Refried Beans (plus Recipes using Refried Beans)

Refried beans for every type of diet or food preference, made in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Most cooks probably have a can or two of refried beans in the pantry, but there are actually a few reasons for making From-Scratch Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker instead of buying them.  First, when you make your own refried beans you control exactly what goes in, so whether you want a recipe that's low-fat, fat-free, vegan, low in salt, spicy, or mild, you make the beans exactly the way you like them.  Second, there's no question that from-scratch refried beans are more economical than canned ones, and beans keep well in the freezer.  But most important of all to many of these bloggers, home-cooked refried beans have that creamy bean flavor you just can't get from a can. 

Here are ten recipes for From-Scratch Refried Beans in the Slow cooker from food bloggers.  Each one is slightly different, so look them over and see which version fits your own personal preferences for perfect refried beans!  (Then once you have some home-cooked refried beans,  check out the ideas for using refried beans in the slow cooker at the end of the post.)

Healthy Slow-Cooker Refried Beans from Rachel Cooks are fat free and have less salt than canned beans, and these beans have plenty of seasonings.

Authentic Refried Beans in the Slow Cooker from I Wash You Dry are fried in corn oil or bacon grease after they come out of the slow cooker.

Kare from Kitchen Treaty tried this recipe for Easy Vegetarian Crock Pot Refried Beans without Lard seven times before she was satisfied with them, so you know this recipe has to be good!

Slow Cooked Homemade Refried Beans from Lyn's Kitchen Adventures have onions, garlic, and spices and they're cooked in chicken stock.

Slow Cooker Homemade Refried Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking have added flavor from butter and some chicken soup base.

Crock Pot Homemade Refried Beans from Chef in Training start with dried unsoaked beans, and they're finished with butter!

CrockPot Refried Beans from Real Mom Kitchen have no added fat and they start with dried unsoaked beans.

Slow Cooker Refried Beans from Mel's Kitchen Cafe are fat-free but they have lots of flavor from the seasonings.

CrockPot Refried Beans from Simply Scratch feature onions, green pepper, and jalapenos cooked in lard, plus a few spices.

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Refried Beans from The Gracious Pantry are flavored with a little olive oil.

Now that you have some refried beans (and you did make extra for the freezer I hope), here are some recipe ideas using refried beans.  
Slow Cooker Beef and Refried Bean Chili with Salsa and Lime ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Freezer Meal Slow Cooker Bean Burritos ~ Six Sisters' Stuff
CrockPot Smoky Refried Bean Soup ~ A Year of Slow Cooking
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup ~ 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Veggie-Packed Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup ~ Amuse Your Bouche
Slow Cooker Mexican Tortilla Pie ~ 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Bean and Cheese Burrito Slow Cooker Casserole ~ A Year of Slow Cooking
Chili Lime Tostadas in the Slow Cooker ~ Real Mom Kitchen
CrockPot Refried Bean Dip ~ Simple Nourished Living
CrockPot (or Stovetop) Black Bean Chili with Cilantro and Lime ~ Kalyn's Kitchen

Have you made refried beans in the slow cooker?  If so, please share your tips or leave a link to your recipe in the comments.


  1. Thanks for featuring my refried beans! They are so yummy!

  2. Karen, my pleasure. Now I am craving refried beans big time after writing this post!

  3. Great post! I've never made refried beans, and the slow cooker seems like a natural. I love all of the variations and now just need to figure out which one to make first.

  4. Lydia, I don't know why I haven't done this either!

  5. Thanks for including my recipe! I'm due to make another batch!

  6. Rachel, my pleasure! I can't wait to make some myself.

  7. Such a delicious round-up Kalyn! Thank you so much for including me in this bean-tastic group! :)

  8. Laurie, my pleasure! I am making refried beans tomorrow!


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