Who doesn’t love a good burrito?  Unfortunately, buying them in cans bothered the tummy of my hubby since he is allergic to the aluminum cans.  Thankfully, back in 2014/2015, I discovered they are very easy to make for yourself in a crock-pot. It’s also a super cheap meal since the main ingredient, which is dry beans, is incredibly inexpensive to buy in bulk. This is LITERALLY one of the best, cheapest, and easiest dinner’s. 

I started out with a recipe from this link: https://www.momontimeout.com/slow-cooker-refried-beans/

I have changed quite a few things from the original recipe to make it better suit my family’s needs.  It still tastes delicious!  See my recipe for fat-free and vegan beans below!


-3 cups dry beans (pinto beans, kidney beans, etc)

-1 chopped onion (red, yellow, or white is fine)

-1 TB minced garlic (about 2-3 cloves)

-1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

-1/2 tsp. sea salt (like this: Redmond Real Salt – Ancient Fine Sea Salt, Unrefined Mineral Salt, 16 Ounce Pouch (1 Pack))

-1 tsp. ground cumin

-2 TB veggie broth powder (I use my own recipe: http://herbivorehomemaker.com/vegetable-broth-mix-recipe-vegan-and-gluten-free/)

-8 cups water

Add all the above ingredients to a crock-pot/slow cooker that holds 3.5 to 4 quarts.  Cook on high for 8 hours.  It can cook longer if needed (like if you won’t be home in time).  Once the cooking time is complete, strain out most of the excess liquid (I use a colander over a a bowl to contain the excess liquid, as can be seen below).

Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding back some of the excess liquid if they are not the consistency you want.  Serve and enjoy!  Save the leftovers for about a week in the fridge and re-warm when ready to use.

Serves 6-7 

Note:  If you want to double this recipe, be sure to use a 7 quart crock-pot/slow cooker instead of the 3.5-4 quart slow cooker. Otherwise, the directions and cooking times are the same.

Any questions I forgot to address?  Have you ever made your own beans from scratch before?  How did they turn out?  Are you going to try my recipe for beans?  Please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you use my recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram @herbivore_homemaker or on Twitter @herbivorebekah so I can see your creations. 

Written by Rebekah
I'm a vegan homeschooling mom of 4, DIY addict, & natural health advocate.