Re-purposed Crock Pot Pinto Beans

I guess you could say this is a "2fer' recipe".  2 meals out of 1 recipe. 2fer'.

I have never been one to like left overs, eating the same meal more than once consecutively.  Most of the time anyways.  It is also a fact that I was raised in Texas, WE EAT "a-good-ole-pot-uh-beans" as a meal or as a side dish pretty often, just because.  Another fact, I don't like waste.  I say if you can re-purpose (anything), then do it! (My way of psyching myself out of the fact that I AM eating leftovers perhaps). None the less, "a-good-ole-pot-uh-beans" paired with some fried potatoes and cornbread. Generational comfort food. Can't beat it.  Drained, mashed and re-purposed thrown in a flour tortilla with a hand full of cheese, well, THAT sure does run a pretty close race up against that second bowl of beans the next day. Indeed!

Pot of Beans:

1 lb pinto beans
1 can Rotel tomatoes (an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce works fine too)
1 onion
4-6 garlic cloves
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
salt and pepper (to your taste)
4-5 cups water.

Start by rinsing your beans real good. Toss out any undesireable beans or dirt, sometimes even pebbles.

Add your washed beans to crock pot along with 4 cups water. You may need to add more water if the beans aren't covered completely. 

Add all your other ingredients and cook on high for 7-8 hours. Season again according to your taste.

Serve with fried potatoes and cornbread. Your set!

Bean and Super Cheesy Burritos:

The next day, or so, drain your beans (save a bit of the broth and set aside). Mash with a potato masher or an electric beater.  If they get too thick, add a little of the reserved broth.  Guess what you've just done? You've made Refried beans! Run with it.

Spread in a flour tortilla, top with a hand full of shredded cheese (and whatever else you'd like), maybe a little salsa, roll up and there you go, you or your family have super yummy bean and cheese burritos for supper, OR, wrap them up in saran wrap and freeze them for a later time. We all have "those" days when we just want a fast, quick and easy fix for supper.  Nothing wrong with that, it happens to us all.

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