Now that I’ve at gotten you to at least start thinking about getting a 1 1/2 to 2 quart slow cooker – here’s another recipe for it. This time it’s a savory staple that can make any meal easy – refried beans, except my beans play no part in the frying game. They’re completely oil-free, so you there’s no guilt and fewer calories than the regular version!
Refried beans won’t win any beauty contest, but they are cheap, tasty and good for you.
The recipe below is a jumping off point. You can add green chilies, chopped hot peppers, lime juice, sauteed onions and peppers, even beer if you’re so inclined. You can make these taste just the way you want them to. I don’t know about you, but it makes me happy to actually find something I can control in my life. But you don’t have to be a control freak like me to enjoy them, even those of you with patience and inner peace can love these beans too!
- 1 cup dry pinto beans
- 3 cup water (plus extra noted in recipe)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (can use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder instead)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- A few dashes liquid smoke or smoked salt, optional
- Tabasco or other hot sauce, optional
- salt, to taste