I make two versions of this: one in summer-fall, when everything is fresh, and another in the dead of winter, when you have to make do with salsa and canned and frozen. In all cases, you can substitute fresh for frozen, as in sweet corn, if you are up to slicing the kernels off the cob (which I do in the summer months, it’s pretty fast!)
This recipe is the summer version. I make this before our week starts, and we eat it warmed in a bowl with fresh chopped avocado on top, alongside basmati rice for a good veggie lunch, or rolled in a big tortilla for breakfasts. For dinner sometimes as an accompaniment to roast chicken, we warm corn tortillas and serve for guests with guacamole. It’s all yummy, fast, and satisfying, especially when we are in a hurry.
- 1-2 cans black beans, drained then rinsed in cold water (makes them taste much better)
- 1 can refried beans, we prefer black
- 1 sweet onion, the sweeter the better
- 2 T cumin, black pepper and garlic salt to taste
- a hand-full of grated cheese (we like Organic Valley’s Mexican blend for fast+easy)
- 1 package white corn or 2-3 ears fresh sweet corn off the cob
- 2-3 plum or Roma tomatoes
- 1-2 sweet carrots
- 1 cup celery with leaves if you can find it
- 1-2 blackened hot sugar chilies OR 1-3 cubes of Blackened Chili Pesto* (if you can’t handle hot use bells if you can do them, or a milder canned chili)
- OPTIONAL: 1-2 frozen cubes chicken drippings from an organic chicken**
- OPTIONAL: chopped fresh garlic greens, parsley, or cilantro to taste
Microwave the first five ingredients for about 5 minutes, stir. (If your corn is fresh, add it at this time.) Add the other ingredients, microwave for another 5-6 minutes, stir and let set for a few minutes.
If you don’t like microwaves use a dutch oven.
This will make enough for up to 8-10 servings, possibly more, depending how you are serving it.
You can substitute a different bean, or mix up the types of beans if you like.
* My recipe for Blackened Chili Pesto.
** When we roast an organically or non-GMO fed humanely raised chicken, the chickens are not as high in fat, and the chicken drippings are quite lean. Unless you have a serious heart issue, there is nothing wrong with using the drippings, and we freeze the dripping of these chickens in ice-cube trays so we have the cubes on hand to add to recipes like this.
Always organic or non-GMO, humanely raised. It matters!
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