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Chilaquiles with Black Beans

chilaquiles

Here we are again with the Mexican food…..and as much as we try to stay away from dairy, cheese (and eggs) are our downfall. We only eat it once every couple of weeks or so but Oh it’s soooo good. So, I’m not gonna go on and on about our love for Mexican because y’all already know but I have been wanting to try to make chilaquiles for a long time. I was just really intimidated. The first time I had this dish was at a friends house and her mom made it and it was perfect. Even though I had never had it before it I knew it was. If you’ve never heard of this traditional Mexican dish, click here to learn a little more.

Anywho, since we don’t eat meat I wanted to make this dish with beans…and our favorite is black beans. I will say that I think this turned out awesome for the first time, especially considering how brave I was to try to mix it up on my first try. Hubby loved it, kids loved it and it didn’t take too long to cook so definitely a winner in my book.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 large red onion + 1/2 cup, diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large green pepper, diced
  • 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups Mexican style cheese, shredded
  • green onions for topping
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • Salt to taste

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375

Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add one onion, bell pepper and garlic to skillet and cook for about 6-7 minutes or until starting to brown.

Add beans, salsa and tortilla chips to skillet, along with seasonings and stir until chips are coated with salsa.

Lightly coat a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish and pour the tortilla mixture in. Sprinkle cheese over the top evenly

Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly

Top with remaining red onions, and a few diced green onions

Enjoy

If you try this recipe let me know how you liked it or if you did anything different. I would also like to see your favorite chilaquile recipe!

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Burrito Bowls

burrito bowl

So glad we’re nearing the end of the week. Not that the weekends are much less stressful than weekdays but it is a small break. Between band, gymnastics, ballet, homeschooling and co-op it seems like we’re always on the go. And to think that spring is right around the corner so that means the return of tee ball and bowling. Grrrr….. I try not to make it a chore but sometimes dinner seems like an added sport or activity in this house. Somebody is always complaining about what they don’t eat and then I’m trying to keep it affordable and healthy on top of that. The one thing we do all agree on is Mexican food. is I don’t know what it is about this family that just makes us gravitate towards it but we do. At least once a week we have either nachos, tacos, tostadas or fajitas. I mean, for one it’s quick and easy. Second, most meals are very adaptable to a vegetarian diet..and of course excellent with meat as well. The amount of time it takes you to make this will vary depending on if you’re using store bought salsa (or already have some homemade on hand). We go through a lot of salsa so I actually had to make a jar while the beans were cooking. Also, if you have a big family like mine, it will take longer due to all of the little hands that want to “help.” Miss Olivia likes to press the button on the food processor over….and over….and over, and then I have to deal with the constant arguing over who got more stirs. Like, seriously? Why is that even a thing? But, once I’m able to make it through the sibling rivalry, occasional yelling at the cat (and husband), cleaning up 172 “accidental” spills and get dinner on the table it’s FABULOUS!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 2 cups Onions, diced
  • 5 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 tbs oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  •  Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 cups of black beans
  • 4 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 large avocados
  • Juice of half a small lime
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice
  • Salsa
  • Green onion, for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Place rice with 3 cups of water in a medium pot on high and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to simmer, and cover, cooking for 35 minutes or until rice is tender and water is absorbed. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving

While rice is cooking add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in onion and garlic and saute for 7-8 minutes, until onions are softened. Stir in chopped tomatoes, garlic powder, oregano, cayenne and about a tsp of the salt. Saute another 5 minutes until the tomatoes are soft

Stir in beans and hot sauce and heat through. Add salt to taste and turn down to low heat until ready to serve

(For the Avocado Lime Sauce) Place remaining minced garlic clove in food processor with pitted and peeled avocado, lime juice, water and 1/2 tsp of salt. Process until nice and creamy

To serve: A couple spoonfuls of rice on the bottom of the bowl, followed by a couple serving spoons full of beans, a big spoon full of salsa and a big spoon full of the avocado sauce. Garnish with green onions and enjoy!!!!