Mexican chilli beans

February 17 2011
by emma

This versatile, spicy, rich and healthy dish is great for weekday nights in a number of ways;

  • with brown rice, sour cream and avocado
  • in wraps with quinoa, melted cheese or avocado
  • as a topping for baked potatoes with sour cream or Greek yoghurt
  • in taco shells with grated cheese
  • mixed with chutney and grated cheese and wrapped inside puff pastry and baked in a hot oven

mexican beans

Recipe for Mexican Chilli Beans:

1 x 20ml tblspn grapeseed oil
1 medium sized red or brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Fresh chilli, diced or chilli flakes to taste (remove seeds from fresh chilli if you don’t like it too hot)
1/4 tspn ground coriander
1/2 tspn sweet paprika
2 tspns ground cumin or cumin seeds
2 different coloured, large capsicums, diced or sliced; or
1 green capsicum and one medium carrot, diced
Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
1 x 400g tin cherry tomatoes or crushed large tomatoes or 400g fresh tomatoes, chopped
50g low sodium tomato paste
1 x 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed or a combination of kidney beans and black beans
120g sweetcorn kernels

Add oil, onion, garlic, chilli and spices to large, heavy based saucepan over medium heat.  Sauté gently for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, then add capsicum (and carrot if using) and seasoning; place on lid, increase heat to high/medium then sauté the vegetables for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and beans – bring to the boil then lower heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes.  Take lid off or put to the side, add corn kernels and continue simmering for 5-10 minutes to reduce liquid and until mixture has thickened.  Add more seasoning if needed.

Serves: 4 main servings

Note: freezes well

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