Squeaky Peanut

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Lunch for a Snowy Afternoon February 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — squeakypeanut @ 1:50 PM

Took a break (well, just until dinner time) from Martha to cook up a Rick Bayless recipe from his Mexican Everyday cookbook. This is the third recipe I’ve made since getting it at Christmas, and all have been great.

Mexican Beans w/Chorizo and Greens (adapted from Mexican Everyday)

8-12 oz Mexican chorizo, with casings removed

10 oz cleaned young spinach; or swiss chard, de-stemmed and chopped

2 15-oz cans black beans, drained

1-2 chipotle chiles from a can, seeded and chopped


crumbled Mexican queso, or fresh cheese such as feta or goat

1/2 c chopped green onions or thin-sliced red onions, for garnish

1). Cook chorizo in a large heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring to break up chunks, until browned, 8-10 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, put spinach in microwave-safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap (poked with a few holes), and microwave on high for 2 minutes, or until wilted.

3). Add black beans, chipotle, 1 1/2 c water, and salt to taste, to the pan with the chorizo, and simmer 5-10 minutes, until flavors are blended.

4).  Add wilted spinach (or chard) and boil for two minutes.

5). Ladle into a bowl with the cheese (I used goat) and onions (I used chopped radishes, because I was too lazy to cut up a red onion and we didn’t have any green ones).

The recipe notes that you can make this vegetarian by cooking a large onion and two cloves of garlic in place of the meat. My friend also tells me there is a good meatless chorizo product on the market.  I had an issue with my chipotle (I had frozen them individually in ice cube trays, and when this one thawed it was all skin), so I added some chipotle chili powder.

It’s more appetizing than the photo may lead you to believe…



4 Responses to “Lunch for a Snowy Afternoon”

  1. Rachel Says:

    I love that this can be made as a vegetarian dish, as well!

  2. sunny Says:

    While this is a thoroughly delightful post, Squeaky P, it somehow disturbs my sense of “order”. Isn’t it just a bit sacreligious to pop a bayless, plum into the pudding with a stewart? The bayless is absent the usual trials and travails of a prickly, martha menu. Other than an uncooperative chipotle, this effort fairly danced from pot to bowl; a simple success . What; no free-flowing curse words? No injury to life or limb? No crustaceans or eviscerations? Entirely too civlized, IMHO.
    😉 ❤

    • Sunny, you are hysterical!!! But you are right–this was so easy in comparison. I thought, “Use a microwave to wilt the spinach? Dirty only two dishes?What would Martha say?!” LOL

  3. Drury Says:

    I want some right now!!

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