I think a one pound bag of beans would replace 2 cans of beans. That is just a guess, but Roberta is probably right about the spices too. I've considered doing this with a soup recipe, but haven't tried it yet.
Thanks... I actually did find something on Hillbilly Housewife's site. I am trying to both save money, can them up for emergency winter use and of course convenience and eat healthier. Dh and I have been living extremely frugally the past 6 weeks or so and we've both been loosing weight, gotta like that side benefit LOL! I don't know how much I've lost because our digital scale is broke, dh is supposed to take it in to work to rewire it (on break time of course) but all my summer shorts are literally falling off my waist.