There are two problems with refried beans. One: They tend to be very fattening. Two: They look like something that came out the back end of a flatulent donkey.
This slow-cooker recipe solves the high-fat issue. The lovely dish my sister's boyfriend gave me for Christmas solves the other. Look at the sensual, distracting curves. See the bright red tortilla chips? Isn't it festive! Ole! You hardly notice the brown glob in the centre.
The resulting "refried" beans have the depth of flavour you get from the authentic version but without the frying or the fat. Make them as spicy or mild. Use Pinto or Romano beans. Toss in some black beans if you like.
Serve this dip with some sour cream, guacamole, salsa and chips. Or slather some on a burrito. It's up to you.
No matter how you eat them, just serve them in a very distracting bowl.