Have you ever been to a Sam's Club? It's an amazing place! you can get a 50 pond bag of pinto beans for 35 dollars. that's less than a dollar per pound which is a super awesome deal. (Warning: If you buy this bag make sure you have enough storage container to hold it all once you open it.) Yeah, I bought it 3 months ago and I've only used a fifth of it..... and I feed 10 people!
So I make refried beans often for Mexican night, or just on crusty bread with mozzarella cheese and sour cream as a sandwich . It's really inexpensive and tasty, so me and my family love it! Here's the recipe:
Crockpot Refried Beans Makes 16 cups
2 lbs pinto beans
1 large onion, chopped
4 Tbsp. jarred minced garlic
*Up to 2 1/2 Tbsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp cumin
10 cups hot water
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning
1 Tbsp. Bacon Fat (optional, but highly suggested)
* You can use as little as 1 Tbsp. It depends on how you like your beans.
Rinse the beans in a colander. Pick out any bad beans.
Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot. Remove any floating beans. Cover, and cook on HIGH for 4 hours and on LOW for 2 hours.
Uncover, and spoon the beans (with a slotted spoon) into a stand mixer.
Mix the beans until they look like refried beans.
Mix in the taco seasoning. (Add some of the bean water from the crock pot if its too thick.)
Serve warm or store in air-tight containers in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks, or freeze in ziplock bags for later use.