Fat-Free Slow Cooker “Refried” Beans
Every time I eat refried beans out of can, I think about how salty they are. I love them, and I do love salt, but they are really too salty. When I was pregnant I couldn’t even really eat them and now I still don’t really enjoy them for this reason. Is that hormonal?
Hormones are so weird.
Anyways, I’m eating refried beans that slid out of a can, in the shape of a can (gross!), thinking…I could totally make these myself. Why have I not done this?
Before you go crazy on me, I know these aren’t traditional refried beans. No bacon fat here, but there is still a ton of flavor and you can eat them without guilt! Or add some more cheese and sour cream to your taco instead. Whatever makes you happy. I added a hearty amount of cumin for flavor, but I also added a touch of smoked paprika to give that smokey bacon flavor. I also threw in some red pepper flakes for heat.
Did I mention I made these in the slow cooker? You don’t even need to soak the beans.
PS: I looked up canned refried beans online…I don’t have any in the house but the stats I found online said that one serving contains 1069mg of sodium. Ummm…yeah…that’s a lot.
- Less sodium.
- Not out of metal can. Let’s be honest, it looks like dog food coming out of that can.
- Easy to make.
- Significantly better on the budget.
- Freezes so that you always have it on hand.
What are you waiting for? I’m never looking back.
Verdict: I love these! The flavor isn’t identical to the canned variety but I think it is even better! Tons of flavor from the spices, you won’t miss the fat or the sodium.
Husband’s take: He hasn’t actually had these yet. I tried a few spoonfuls, but I froze the rest for future taco nights.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: So. Easy.