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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!