I thought for day one I would start off with something I know well and the family enjoys. Coming from New Mexico Hispanic food is a big part of my families life. It by no means is my favorite meal so I have had to make many changes over the years to make it enjoyable to eat as often as we do. Pinto beans are a big part of that diet but they take such a long time to cook. Luckily this is the PERFECT meal for the crockpot. With really no effort you can prepare several meals worth of food for a very low cost.
3 Cups of Pinto beans
12 Cups of Water
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder(you can use 1/4 onion chopped if you like my kids won't eat it.lol)
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder(1 Clove chopped up will work here as well)
1 Package of Taco Seasoning
What I love about crockpots is the real simplicity of it all. Simply rinse your dry pinto beans in warm water to remove any dirt. Then toss everything into the crockpot :O) Now since beans are a very long cooking meal I like to start these over night on low. Then when I get up in the morning turn them to high, they'll be ready for dinner time and so flavorful! We are a family of 5, however only really 3 of us eat this meal, and this will give us 3+ meals easily and for only about $2.50! I tend to make these on a Friday so we have them over the weekend.
When I serve them up it really is different for everyone what they want on it. I only like cheese on mine, I know, I know, I am as picky as a two year old. My husband enjoys salsa mixed in with lettuce and cheese on top. The possibilities are endless. Sever in a taco or burrito, or simply scoop them up from a bowl with some chips, it is all up to you.