Optional Flavors You can add one of the following
1)Bacon in place of Ham.
2)3 cloves of Minced garlic, 2 Jalapino peppers seeded and chopped, with 1 Tbs Chili powder & 1/2 tsp cumin, . . this is similar to Chili beans.
4) you can replace the Jalapeno for 2 Tbs of Chopped Bell Peppers.
5) Refried Beans, Remove the meat, Mash beans with a Potato Masher, till smooth.
Note: "you can control the Heat" as to "how hot" you want your beans with the Jalapenos by the amount of Jalapenos you add.
These are Just samples of a few things you can do with your Beans.
Serve over Rice, or with Buttered Hot Cornbred, or Cornbread Muffins drizzled with Honey, and you have a full budget meal.
Follow above recipe, add Celery, and if Too thick add more Water for the Consistency of soup, and bring to a boil, Taste Test season and enjoy.