Every once in a while, I will make a dinner that is lacking in the side dish department. Take tacos for instance; my family loves taco night, but what do you serve alongside tacos? Your choices are Mexican rice, black beans, or pinto beans and cheese…and that’s about it! I’ve always either served the tacos on their own with no side dishes, or made a quick side of rice or black beans. Instead of dumping a can of black beans into a bowl in the microwave, I am going to start getting more adventurous…like with this fun Spicy Black Beans recipe!
A little jalapeno, a little spice, a little pepper – this dish is not super duper spicy, but it has enough of a kick to make my husband happy. From New Mexico, he grew up eating green chiles and red chiles pretty much on everything (you can even get a green chile cheeseburger from the drive through at McDonald’s in Albuquerque) and loves a little heat in his food.
Spicy Black Beans Recipe
- 2 cans reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 large jalapeno pepper, minced
- 2 gloves garlic, minced
- 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 2 limes, juiced and juice set aside
- ½ tsp chili powder (any variation is great here - adobo, chipotle, etc)
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup minced fresh green onions
- In a large skillet, add olive oil and heat over medium/high heat. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, and red pepper; saute for 3-4 minutes or until becoming tender.
- Add lime juice; saute 1 minute.
- Add beans to skillet, stir to combine, and saute 2 minutes.
- Add chili powder, dash of salt, cilantro, and green onions; stir and saute 1 more minute. Serve immediately.
Sounds easy enough, right?