Slow cooked and full of flavor, these refried beans were perfect!
Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!
This month was different because my assigned blog was Making Memories with Your Kids, this is a blog I am very familiar with, its one I follow and one I have pinned from a lot!! When I saw my assignment, I immediately thought I would do a dessert because Erin has so many AMAZING dessert recipes on her blog. I have been wanting to make her Homemade Butterfinger Bark for a while and when I saw Homemade Zotz I got very excited because my kids love this candy! As I was browsing all the great recipes on her index, my Little Man walked by and saw the Refried Beans. Little Man is my picky eater and when he gets excited about a food - I do too. He loves refried beans and wanted me to make them for him and so that was what I ended up making for this months SRC.
recipe from Making Memories with Your Kids
1 lb pinto beans
3-6 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
salt to taste
2 slices of thick cut bacon
Cotija Cheese and Cilantro for garnishing and serving (optional)
* I also added 1 tablespoon of this great Adobo seasoning blend
Wash and sort beans.
Let soak overnight or do a quick soak (directions for this will be on the package of beans.)
Rinse the beans and add then to your slow cooker. Cover the beans with about 2 inches of water. Lay the bacon over the top of the beans. Add all your spices into the beans and cook on low for a long time, 12 hours or more.
When you are done cooking the beans you can decide if you want to mash them up or leave them whole. I went with a rough mash so some beans were still whole. When you mash, you are able to incorporate the bacon better.
Top with cheese and cilantro and enjoy!!!