slow cooker refried beans

This is one of the easiest recipes ever.  I love the slow cooker for that reason.  Just throw a bunch of stuff in and overnight (or while you're at work) it cooks!  I love these refried beans because I use my immersion blender to make them nice and smooth once they're done cooking.  That's just because I like them really smooth.  If you like them a little chunkier, you can just use a potato masher to get the half smashed-half full bean texture.

Refried pinto beans
1 lb dried pinto beans
1 diced shallot
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbs chili powder
1 tbs smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cayenne better
7 cups water or stock
ham bones
1 bay leaf

Throw everything into your slow cooker.  Cook on high for 6-8 hours or low for 10-12 hours.  When the beans re done cooking, remove the ham bones and bay leaf.  Use a masher or an immersion blender and mash (or blend) to your desired consistency!