Thursday, February 4, 2010

Black Beans--Cafe Rio Style

1 can black beans, rinsed
2 Tbs finely minced onions (or 1 Tbs dehydrated onions)
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 cup tomato juice
3 Tbs chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil

Fry onion, garlic, cumin in olive oil. Add beans, tomato juice, cilantro and salt. Heat through.  Serves 4 to 6.

*I used cumin seed as the recipe didn't specify. Also, I substituted 1/2 cup tomato paste plus 1/2 cup water for the tomato juice. Be sure to start cooking the onion for a few minutes before adding the garlic as garlic cooks more quickly.

*These were the best black beans I ever had--they were great by themselves as well as in these burritos. To make these burritos: 1. Spray baking dish. 2.Place meat (I used leftover Cafe Rio Chicken), rice (again, leftover from another meal), and black beans in tortillas. 3. Roll tortillas and place in baking dish. 4. Pour leftover sauce strained from beans over tortillas and sprinkle with cheese. 5. Back at 350 degrees until warmed through (20 minutes). 6. Serve with salsa, lettuce, sour cream, etc. These were a definite favorite at our house, Ivan kept asking for more!

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