Refried Beans without the Refry.
I don't know many people who don't like refried beans. The canned variety, brand name or no name is pretty darn good.
About 2 years ago when all the issues with BPA came to light and the fact that canned foods were sitting in cannes lined with BPA, I decided to try and find recipes for some of my favorite canned foods.
I came across this recipe for Refried Beans without the Refry. I have to tell you, I have never bought a can of refried beans since. These are so simple to make and they taste SO GOOD! You can freeze the left overs (cause it does make a bunch). My only suggestion is to make sure they are fairly wet. If you drain them completely you will have dried out beans after they have been in the freezer for a while. I also cook them on low for 10+ hours overnight.
Freeze them in small 1cup size containers for fast defrosting. They make great quick lunches for the kids(my kids love these beans) great taco night dinners and also great for bean dips.
If you don't have a crock pot/slow cooker, buy one!