Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Crockpot Refried Beans

I love bean burritos. It is one of the things I miss from America. I have tried exactly one Mexican resturant in Korea. It was over priced and I didn't like the burrito. So I have taken matters into my own hands. 

If you don't have a Crockpot you can cook the beans in a regular pot or a skillet for several hours until they are soft on a low heat. Make sure you check them often and don't leave them unattended. If I were to use the Crockpot I would have no  problem turning it on and leaving the house all day. Don't do this with the skillet or regular pot. 

1 onion chopped into large pieces

2 cups of chicken broth*
1/3 bag of pinto beans
8 strips of bacon cut into 1 ½ inch strips
3 garlic cloves cut in half
Season salt or regular salt**
All of the ingredient amounts are approximate. You can’t go wrong just throwing things in.

1. Soak your beans overnight. The more times you rise them and the longer you soak them the less gas. I soak mine in the Crockpot.

2. In the morning drain and rinse them. Rinse out the Crockpot and add the beans. You can pick out the ones that don’t look good or that are black.

3. Add all ingredients to the Crockpot. Cook on high setting for about 8 to 10 hours.

4. When the beans are soft. Drain them but save the bean water.

5. Place the beans into a frying pan and start smashing them. I used a potato masher***.

6. Slowly add some of the bean juice back in until they are the consistency that you like them.

7. Some people use butter or olive oil when refrying the beans, but I didn’t find it necessary.

Korean Notes:
* I have not found chicken broth in Korea. I had cooked a chicken in the Crockpot with veggies earlier in the week and saved the broth.

** Remember when using seasonings in the Crockpot that you have to use double the amount you would normally use. My rule of thumb is put in the amount you normally would and then do it a second time. I had a bottle of Johnney’s seasoning salt shipped over from the states. It is our favorite seasoning.

*** I found a hand potato masher at Home Plus for a very cheap price. You should also be careful as it can damage your frying pan.

I now have a blender. Instead of mashing the beans in the frying pan I place 3/4 of the beans in the blender and blend until they are smooth. Then I place them in the frying pan and add the non blended beans for a perfect texture.

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