Taco Party Refried Beans + “Fancy Water”

Baxter turned seven last month but his party had to be delayed due to my husband’s injury.  Today was the day to finally celebrate.  While the boys were off jumping the afternoon away at the trampoline park, I stayed home to prep the food.  Baxter loves tacos so a Taco Party it was!

I found this recipe online for making homemade “refried” beans from dried pinto beans.  I put the refried in quotes because they aren’t actually fried at all.  Like many of my favorite recipes, they are cooked in the crock pot.

Crock Pot Refried Beans

Adapted from Don’t Waste the Crumbs blog

Part I: Soak the Beans

  • 3 c dried pinto beans
  • 27 c water, divided
  1. Rinse the beans well in a colander.  Pick out any discolored beans, small rocks, etc.
  2. Put the beans in a large pot along with 12 cups of water.
  3. Let them sit undisturbed for 8-24 hours.
  4. Pour the beans and water through a colander.  Rinse the beans very well with cold water (this helps kill the enzymes that give you gas so do it thoroughly!).
  5. Put the beans back into the pot with 15 cups of water.  Put the pot on the stove and bring it to just boiling.  Turn off the heat and cover the pot.  Let sit about 8 hours, undisturbed.
  6. Strain out and rinse the beans again, very well with cold water.

Part II: Cook the Beans

  • 3 cups dry beans, pre-soaked
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons candied jalapenos
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 10 cups water
  1. Place all the ingredients into a 6-quart or larger crock pot and cook on high for 8-12 hours.
  2. Strain the beans through a colander, saving the liquid in a large pot.
  3. Return the beans to the crock pot and use an immersion blender to mash them to the desired temperature.  Add liquid back in as needed, a little at a time.
  4. Keep warm in crock pot until ready to serve.

“Fancy Water”

“Fancy Water” concoctions have become a tradition at parties here at the farm.  We usually make some combination of flavorings based on whatever I have in my kitchen at the moment.  Today’s blend was a huge hit.  The 2-gallon water dispenser was almost empty by night’s end!

  • 1 kiwi, sliced thinly
  • 1 lemon, sliced thinly
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, rubbed between your hands
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 gallons water
  1. Place all ingredients in a large water dispenser.  Use a large wooden spoon to stir until the honey dissolves.
  2. Let steep for several hours.
  3. Add ice to chill just before serving.

A party isn’t a party without a cake.  Many thanks to Aunt Robyn for another beautiful one!

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