Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Spiced Smashed Black Beans

Black beans have so many wonderful qualities (in addition to being the musical fruit).  They are full of protein, low in fat, and extremely versatile.  They are oftentimes the perfect side dish that work to complement the flavors of a main dish.  They are also perfect as a filler in your burrito, the base of your taco or enchilada, and great on their own with rice. 

These spiced smashed black beans hit the mark in all categories.  We used them as a side to chili-lime rubbed chicken, but they would be fantastic in any other Mexican dish, or served only with rice.  Their texture is perfect--a precise marriage between refried beans and whole beans.  The combination of spices is equally as versatile as their role in a meal.  Add more cayenne for more heat, add more cumin for more flavor, add more chili powder for a heartier taste, or add more lime for some tart and tang, among other options.

These spiced smashed potatoes are delicious.  They are sure to be a hit in whatever manner you choose to use them.  Have fun exploring!




Spiced Smashed Black Beans:
I will list the ingredients, but you can add your desired amount of each
  • black beans, drained
  • cayenne pepper
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • lime juice
  1. Pour the beans into a saucepan.
  2. Use a potato masher to loosely mash the beans into your desired consistency.
  3. Add the spices.
  4. Cook on medium until hot.
  5. Taste and adjust spices. 
  6. Serve with your main dish, add to your entree, or eat with rice.

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