Slow Cooker Refried Beans with Bacon


Dried pinto beans are cooked all day in a slow cooker, then mashed on the stove top with fried bacon, onions, garlic, and chili powder.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs 17 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
16 hrs 27 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup dried pinto beans

  • 1 ham hock

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ½ (16 ounce) package bacon, chopped

  • ½ onion, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Place beans in a bowl with water to cover. Soak 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Drain the beans; place in a slow cooker with ham hock and salt. Cover with water. Cook on Low until beans are soft, about 8 hours.

  3. Place bacon in a large pot. Cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until starting to crisp, about 6 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

  4. Transfer beans to the bacon mixture using a slotted spoon. Mash with a potato masher, adding liquid from the slow cooker as needed. Add chili powder. Cook and stir until combined, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

If a ham hock is not available, you can use any pork scraps instead.

The amount of bacon used should add up to about 6 slices.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of ham hock. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
13g Fat
23g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1088mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 653mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.