10 Delicious Uses for Canned Beans

On the Side

Of course canned beans have always made great side dishes. What's a cookout without baked beans? Can you imagine a Mexican combo platter without a side of refried beans? But sometimes, it would be nice to take those beans up a notch. Here are some recipes that start with canned beans but end up delivering a more exciting side dish experience:

Canned refried beans are perfectly fine on their own, but you can avoid a lot of added salt and fat when you make your own. You'll need -- what else -- canned pinto beans. Rinse and drain the pintos, then mash them with a fork, potato masher or give them a quick blitz in your food processor. Once they're the consistency you like, add bit of seasoning, spread them into a microwaveable dish and top with shredded cheese. Cover and microwave on medium heat for about 3 minutes for some almost-homemade refried beans.