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Recipe Review: Refried Beans Without the Refry

October 6, 2009


This is just a quick post to share with you the best beans in the entire world.  I realize that’s a pretty lofty statement – but it’s one I feel confident making because they’re that good.  Besides being delicious, these “refried” beans are made with dried beans & just a few fresh vegetables & spices, so they are dirt cheap to make!  Plus, as a bonus, the beans are cooked in a crockpot, which is a super easy way to have a warm dinner waiting for you when you get home from a long day at work.  You don’t even need to chop up the onion because it dissolves into the beans while slow-cooking!  Does it get better than that?  (No.  No, it doesn’t.)

Beans Before Cooking

Beans before cooking

This Refried Beans Without the Refry recipe is available on  I give it 5 stars, hands down – though I decrease the salt to 2-2 ½ tsp., and increase the cumin to 2 tsp. (1/8 tsp. is nowhere near enough to give it that vibrant flavor!).  I also don’t ever need any of the reserved bean cooking liquid to mash the beans, but maybe other people do…  These are great with all pinto beans (as written), but even better with half pinto & half black!  These are now a staple in my household, and I make them at least once a week.

As pictured above, my favorite way to serve these is in a homemade flour tortilla, along with lightly sautéed spicy seitan “steak” & onions, nacho cheeze sauce, lettuce, guacamole, dairy-free sour cream, and of course, salsa.  Add Mexican rice as a sidedish & you have one healthy, tasty dinner!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2009 11:50 am

    Wow, that looks sooo gooood…

  2. October 6, 2009 12:41 pm

    Ohhh man this has everything I love. Beans, tortillas, seitan, nacho cheese, guacomole….GORGEOUS!

  3. October 6, 2009 9:29 pm

    You had me at ‘increase the cumin’! I LOVE almost anything with cumin and I’m on a real bean kick lately, too. This sounds awesome and easy! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. October 7, 2009 1:26 am

    Damn, that sounds AWESOME! I have to do this.

  5. October 7, 2009 1:13 pm

    These look fantastic!! 🙂 I just love anything with a Mexican flare!

  6. October 8, 2009 8:04 am

    I will be making it! You can put it in a wrap or over over a salad….lots of ways to keep it spiced up.

  7. October 9, 2009 12:00 pm

    What a delicious (and healthy) meal! I rarely eat Mexican, but perhaps a dish like this would persuade me to change my ways.

  8. Becky permalink
    October 14, 2009 6:11 pm

    I love this blog. It is so worth your efforts writing it!

  9. October 23, 2009 10:02 am

    Hmmm, it looks really good 🙂 I will give it a taste soon.

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