In the mood for some Mexican-inspired dishes? Try these wonderful slow cooker favorites!
Versatile Refried Beans
Using dried beans instead of canned keeps the sodium count down and lets the bacon flavor shine through. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how far a mere 2 ounces of bacon goes, and your waistline will thank you, too.
Use these delectable beans in tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and anything else wrapped in a flour tortilla. They also function nicely as an accompaniment to any Mexican entree. You could even use them as a warm dip for tortilla chips or veggies. The possibilities are endless.
Fix-It and Forget-It Diabetic Cookbook, page 101
Makes 8 servings
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-quart
2 cups dried red, or pinto, beans
6 cups water
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 large tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tsp. salt
2 oz. bacon
1. Combine beans, water, garlic, tomato, and salt in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on High 5 hours, stirring occasionally. When the beans become soft, drain off some liquid.
3. While the beans cook, brown bacon in skillet. Drain, reserving drippings. Crumble bacon. Add half of bacon and 1 ½ Tbsp. drippings to beans. Stir.
4. Mash or puree beans with a food processor. Fry the mashed bean mixture in the remaining bacon drippings. Add more salt to taste.
5. To serve, sprinkle the remaining bacon on top of beans.
Exchange List Values: Starch 1.5, Meat, very lean 1.0, Fat 0.5