Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Chips and salsa is the ultimate in easy potluck offerings. It’s easy, it’s fresh, everyone loves it. If you have even a few minutes and want to take your chips and salsa to the next level, give this one a try.

The sweet corn, tomatoes, and black beans offer a delicious mixture in textures and flavors; the seasonings are just right, and the jalapenos add a bit of kick. You’ll be coming back again and again for more!

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Adapted from Taste of Home

You’ll need:

  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen sweet corn
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (or 6-8 tomatoes, diced)
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cilantro, minced
  • 4 jalapenos, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin

1. Put the sweet corn in a pot, cover with water. Bring to just a boil, and drain. Prepare the rest of your ingredients by draining/rinsing/dicing/mincing.

2. Combine corn, beans, tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapenos in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup lime juice. Mix thoroughly.

3. Sprinkle salt, garlic powder, and cumin on top. Mix together until the spices are distributed throughout.

If you have the time, let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours (or overnight) to let the flavors do their thing. If you don’t have that kind of time, no fear–it’s delicious right after you finish mixing. Serve with tortilla chips, and get ready for the stampede of people requesting seconds.

If you’re interested….make your own fajita spice mix and the most delicious cookies.

Black Bean Burgers

I really like a good burger. Thick, juicy, straight off the grill, with all the toppings. Contained by two toasted buns trying valiantly to hold it all together.

While I know that a veggie burger will never, ever take the place of a good beef burger in my world, I believe in equal opportunity eating. I had to give it a try! The verdict? Not bad! I will gladly consume the leftovers, and would definitely make these guys again. They don’t do the same thing for my soul as a tasty, grill charred burger, but it was still yummy!

Black Bean Burgers

Adapted from Eat, Live, Run

You’ll need:

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 Tbs. tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg (or 1/2 Tbs. flax+1 1/2 Tbs water, mixed, and left for 5 minutes)

1. Process or blend 1/2 of a can of black beans, set the other half aside

2. Add garlic, tomato sauce, cumin, and salt, pulse until combined.

3. Stir in egg (or flax), bread crumbs, remaining beans, and corn.

4. Form mixture into patties, and fry burgers in a small amount of olive oil, 3 to 4 minutes on each side over medium heat.

This recipe makes 3 burgers. Topping recommendations: avocado, ketchup, mustard, tomatoes, onions… the sky’s the limit! Serve traditionally on a bun or in a bed of spinach.

Happy Monday!