I have also canned pinto beans! Canned pinto beans have been the basis of a few meals lately and we have really enjoyed them. One of our favorite ways to enjoy pinto beans is refried beans. Devin always makes these and they are really tasty. She takes a quart of beans and puts them in the blender with some salsa (homemade or store bought), some cilantro and cayenne pepper. She may add salt and garlic if needed. She pours this into a casserole dish and mixes in some sour cream and tops with cheese. Into the oven it goes to be heated until the cheese melts. We've enjoyed these as a side dish with tortilla chips and as a filling for burritos. Cheap, easy and filling!!
Another recipe using dried beans is a lentil-rice casserole that I adapted from Sue Gregg's Main Dishes Cookbook. This is a very easy recipe and I can use my home canned chicken or turkey broth.
In a casserole dish combine:
3 cups turkey or chicken broth
3/4 cups uncooked WASHED lentils
1/2 cup uncooked WASHED brown rice
1/4 cup instant minced onion flakes
1/2 t. basil
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. thyme
1/4 t. garlic powder
Bake uncovered at 300 degrees for 2 hours until tender. You may top with 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese if you desire. I have never done this. This recipe makes about 3 cups which is 4-6 servings.
This is a great recipe to use your food storage! Canned broth, lentils, brown rice, minced onion and all the spices are essential to a great food storage plan. I have been dehydrating onions and will have a great stock of minced onions for my pantry.
Do you have some favorite recipes using dried beans? Please share a link or a recipe in the comments!
I'm linking up with Kim C over at In a Shoe. She's not the only one who is trying to cut the grocery bill. Lots of ladies have linked up some great bean recipes over there, so take a look!