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What to do with too many cans of refried beans?

Besides a layered dip, anyone have anything great to do with cans of refried beans? Not sure why I bought a case but would like to do something with them. Can it be a start of a great soup, maybe??

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  1. You could give them to your local food bank.

    1. Did you open them all at once?? If not, relax....you have several years ro enjoy them can by can.

      1. I find Mexican lasagna to be a delicious option. Instead of noodles, layer corn tortillas in a baking dish. Top with beans, cheese, meat of your choice, onions, jalapenos, enchilada sauce, etc. I usually make about three layers. Top the whole thing with more sauce and cheese and bake until bubbly.

          1. Make a mexican pizza! On prebaked pizza dough (you can buy or make yourself): layer hot refried beans (it's faster this way), cheddar cheese, and chopped red onions, put in the oven until cheese melts. Take out of oven and layer with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, or whatever you like on tacos, and serve with a side of salsa/sour cream ,etc.

            This was a staple when I was a kid and in college, and I still enjoy it immensely today.

            Also, bean enchiladas, bean tacos....

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            1. re: jazzy77

              I have occasionally made what I call a United Nations Pizza: naan, lavash, soft tortilla, or other flatbread spread with mustard and ketchup, then refried beans, and sprinkled with canned french-fried onions, mozzarella, and thinly-sliced kielbasa before baking long enough for the cheese to melt and sausage sizzle. Came up with it when I had unexpected guests and needed to make a meal with whatever was on hand. It was well-received - something for everyone!

            2. I don't usually make recipes with this many canned/frozen ingredients, but this mexican shrimp casserole is super-easy and I always get HUGE compliments when I make it:


              1. I like to use refried baens in quesadillas - just add cheese and vegetables or chopped/shredded meat. Easy and nutritious.

                1. Burritos.

                  Okay, it's not "great" but I really like burritos.

                  1. Why not use refreid beans as refried beans? They don't have to go into a dip or anything. Warm them up and use them like you would a thick gravy. For example, in a meal of ropa vieja, arroz blanco and whatever vegetable grab you. I love them at breakfast as in scramble eggs with chorizo, potatoes fried with onions and mild chilis and topped with Mexican cheese, and hot beans in a side dish. Asfor your soup idea, I suppose you could use them as a basis for a bean soup or to thicken a vegetable soup. In fact, I'd probably saute some onions, add corn, some chicken broth, and a can of refried beans. But while spoil a good thing? They are so good simply as beans.

                    1. Stuff peppers with refried beans and rice, top with cheese. this is a slimming world freebie.