Black Bean & Mushroom Chile Rellenos

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Chile Rellenos are about traditional as Mexican cooking gets. Who knew stuffed peppers could be, not only delicious, but filling as well. Spicy. Saucy. Cheesy. What is not to like about them? There are many variations as to how to make chile rellenos and what to stuff them with but most recipes call for roasting the peppers, to bring out the most flavor, and using some sort of cheese. This recipes calls for earthy flavors, like black beans and mushrooms, and sweet onions to balance it out. A generous sprinkling of creamy cheese finishes the peppers off. Add a tangy tomato sauce to the plate and goodness has been reached. Yum, yum. Continue reading

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Cuban Black Bean Soup

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Quick and easy is always good. Quick, easy and incredibly delicious is just amazing. This soup is so easy to create and the addition of the spices gives it complexity not always associated with quick cooking recipes. This is the perfect soup for a cool crisp day. In less than 30 minutes a warm, robust soup is ready. Serve with some bread or rice and you have a meal on your hands. Continue reading

Huaraches

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Huaraches are a Mexican specialty that is easy to make and really delicious. A perfect combo. So huaraches are super easy to assemble. It is all in the prep work. Lots of chopping and heating up but once that is done you are good to go. These bad boys are named huaraches, or sandals, for the huarache-shaped oblong the masa is shaped into. How cute is that? Continue reading

Brussel Sprouts and White Bean Tacos

finalI first had brussel sprouts a little over a year ago. I did not know what I was missing out on. They have become one of my favorite veggies. Thank you to whoever decided to bring them puppies to the forefront. Since then I have tried to incorporate them into lots of tasty dishes. Who knew those little gems are bursting with so much flavor? I love the robust earthy goodness the wonderful brussel sprout brings to the table so why not make tacos with them. So easy to create and even easier to devour. Continue reading

Platanos con Frijoles (Fried Plantains with Refried Beans)

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Salvadorians know a thing or two about frying plantains. Man I hate to admit it but frying plantains makes them so good. It really brings out the sweetness and starchiness plantains offer. Add to the dish the creaminess of the beans and you got heaven on a plate. Then for a good tangy kick serve with crema or yogurt. Indulgent. Very. It is definitely an every now and then kind of dish but well worth it. Continue reading

Moros Y Cristianos (Cuban Black Beans and Rice)

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What could be heartier than a bowl of beans and rice?  Comfort food at its finest I tell you.  Fragrant, warm, satisfying…the list of adjectives could go on and on. Continue reading

Corn and Black Bean Taquitos

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Let’s face it taquitos are cute.  So tiny.  So compact.  All rolled up and easy to dip into guacamole or salsa or pretty much anything.  But most times taquitos are (over)stuffed with meat and deep-fried making them heavy and food-coma inducing.  That is why this vegetarian take on the classic little devil is healthier and lighter.  The taquitos are oven baked rather than deep fried and, personally, I prefer it that way.  Continue reading

Veggie Caldo

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Caldo is common among many Latin American countries.  It is one of the simplest things to make and one of the most satisfying.  Although most caldos use meat as the main source of protein this caldo uses beans as a base.  It is a rustic soup often identified by its hunks of meat and large pieces of vegetables.  It can be a bit messy to eat when the ingredients do not even fit on the spoon.  I never understood why everything had to be so big so I cut the vegetables a bit smaller, making this soup very easy to eat. Continue reading

Roasted and Toasted Taco Tuesday: Garbanzo and Tomato Filling

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Char gives flavor.  Lots of flavor.  So going on that theory these tacos have flavor to spare.  Lots of roasting and toasting involved to help develop the nuttiness of the garbanzo and the sweetness of the onions and tomatoes.  Nutty, sweet and slightly bitter to round it all out.  Oh that’s good. Continue reading

Satisfying and Easy Vegan Black Bean, Spinach and Corn Enchiladas

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Comfort food.  The best remedy for just about anything.  Have the blues?  Have some comfort food.  Feeling under the weather?  Have some comfort food.  Stressed out?  Have some comfort food. Continue reading