When you're short on time but want a side with lots of flavor, stir up a pot of Spicy Black Beans. Canned black beans get their heat from a minced jalapeno pepper and lime juice.
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can organic no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper and minced jalapeño pepper; sauté 4 minutes. Add fresh lime juice, salt, and black beans. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro.
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Pretty good as written and very quick. The lime juice and cilantro make a tasty dressing, but I did find that a sprinkle of ground cumin helped to balance out the lime juice and add another layer of flavor. This would be a good base for variations (e.g., add corn, avocado, tomatoes, green chilis, cheese...). Next time I will try adding some garlic and/or onions.
I made these to go with the enchilada casserole. I also added in diced onion and some diced garlic to the other ingredients. Topped with fresh chopped cilantro and diced avocado it was quite delicious. Fresh tomato would have been nice if I had any on hand.
I made this with the Enchilada Casserole featured in the same issue of Cooking Light. I made some changes to the casserole and to this as well, though I rarely deviate from a recipe when I make it for the first time. Instead of using a full cup of red bell pepper, I used 1/2 cup of chopped onion and 1/2 cup of chopped green bell pepper. I also added 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes with green chiles from the can I added to the Enchilada Casserole INSTEAD of the jalapeno (my husband can't eat food that's too spicy). I'm not a huge fan of black beans (they're ok and I will eat them, but they're not something I choose often), but these were seriously good. I usually find black beans bland, no matter what's done to them, but these were most definitely NOT bland. The peppers and onions and tomatoes were the perfect balance with the lime juice and beans to make them just a little bit spicy and very, very flavorful. I will definitely make these again, and not just when I make the casserole.
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