Santa Fe Bean Company brand dehydrated refried beans are far better than Fantastic Foods, imho, both in terms of taste and consistency. This discovery comes after years of eating FF on long hikes, only to find FF beans increasingly out of stock (as in, not stocked) at local supermarkets. I buy the SFBC fat-free variety, then add my own oil.
Charlie - No cook time at all. Just boil 2 c. h20, add flakes, and let steep for a few minutes to thicken. I then add some wedge cheese, olive oil, garlic salt, fresh veggies, and bit of shredded burrito wrap or crumbled tortilla chips. But the SFBC brand tastes surprisingly good all on its own, too. Snacking on the dry flakes (which are actual chunky flakes, not a powder like FF) is even a possibility.