Saturday, December 1, 2012

BY #24: Something a little different...

My BY for the day: Can of refried beans

If I were adding anything to go along with this, it would be: Corn chips, or taco or tostada shells to spread the beans on. At the moment I don't know what the shelf life on the corn chips, etc., but they would be easy to rotate if you serve tacos or nachos at your house occasionally. Yeah, I think that some kind of corn item would definitely enhance the cold refried bean experience, but even if you don't add anything to this, the beans would be filling just eating them with a spoon.

I have bought another can of soup ahead, but I thought I would wait at least a couple of days to post another one... :) Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


TM Frugal Gourmet said...


You can do so much with beans!!
Again, I pressure can my own beans, much cheaper and easy. To make refried beans from canned beans, save your bacon grease, kind of filter it through a paper towel. Put a teaspoon of bacon grease in your saucepan, then add drained beans. Kind of "fry" them for a minute, then add a little water and smash them with a potatoe smasher or immersion blender. ADD salt to taste. YUMMY!

Also, you can use beans in place of oil in things like muffins and cakes. It makes a denser muffin and cake, but my kids prefer that to the fluffy stuff.

With refried beans, I make 7 layer dip, nachos, chili (add a can when you are making chili, it is a natural thickener!), taco soup, soft tacos, burritos, quesadillas, .. I even eat them right out of the can! I love beans!

To use beans in place of oil, check out my blog, and look under beans. I don't want to use too much space by rewriting that article.


Marie said...

TM Frugal Gourmet--Again, you have fantastic ideas--thanks for sharing! I will look up using beans to replace oil--I have heard about it, but never tried it, so I would love to learn!