If you want to increase the portion of a ground meat base that you are making, whether it’s beef, turkey, pork, etc. and do it economically and healthy, try adding some beans to the mixture. You can use dry beans that you cooked, even left over cooked beans will work. The easiest method for me is to add beans that are in the can already prepared. You can used pinto, black bean, kidney beans, white beans, or whichever are your favorites. If you don’t want to make your meat mixture more on the dry side, then be sure and drain the liquid from the can beans. If you want to have a little “gravy” in your meat mixture, then leave the liquid and pour in the whole can.
By adding beans, you not only expand the dish to feed more people, which is great if you have a large family or are cooking for a family gathering or party, but you also add the healthy benefits of fiber and antioxidants from the beans. It also add texture to your meat base. Then you can use the meat base mixture for spaghetti sauce, tacos, enchiladas, meat pies, etc.