You already know we celebrate Fridays with pizza night, and serve breakfast for dinner on Sundays. A month or so ago my children instituted a new family menu tradition: Taco Tuesdays. Two weeks later they decided that it doesn't have to be just tacos, anything Mexican is fine. The new addition has been very successful.
Today I pulled out a family favorite that my high school buddy Celeste gave me nearly 10 years ago. I thought you might like it too. It is super easy, very tasty and oh so cheap.
Crock Pot Refried Beans
First thing in the morning-- after the kids are off to school, you shower, get dressed and brush your hair but before 11 am--exhume your crock pot from the back of the pan cupboard and fill it with 1 lb (2 1/3 cups) dry pinto beans and 6 cups of water. You're supposed to rinse them first and check them over for pebbles, but I never do. So, if you are particular about that sort of thing, rinse and check.
Drop in 4-6 chicken or veggie bouillon cubes (or 4-6 T if you're a bulk buyer), unwrapped of course, and one medium to large onion, finely chopped. Now, plug in the crock pot, pot on the lid and turn the heat to low.
Around lunch time check the water level to make sure that the beans are still plenty wet. Use your potato masher to mush around in the pot a bit. Replace the lid.
When the kids get home from school the beans should be smelling pretty good but they're not near done. Take the lid off to show the kids what's going on and let them each take a turn mashing the beans a bit. If the beans are getting too dry already, add a bit more water, replace the lid and continue cooking.
The beans are done when they are soft and gooey. Add seasonings to taste (we like a bit of pepper and garlic). Serve simply with hot tortillas and cheese or upgrade with any assortment of toppings you desire.
Leftovers can be saved in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for 3 months or more. Enjoy!
Beans .55, B0uillon .12, onion .12, water FREE, cheese .75, 12 home made tortillas .25, cabbage salad .30 Total for dinner $2.09!