Unfried Refried Beans
1 onion, peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
1-2 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
9 cups water (or 9 cups an equivalent amount of half water and half broth)
Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into a slow cooker.
Pour in the water and stir to combine. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed.
Note: if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, then the temperature is too high.
Once the beans have cooked, strain them, and reserve the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.