Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Chicken Chili

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chicken Chili

Some times I find myself dreaming of being in a chili cook-off. This hearty, delicious chile with its earthy black beans, sweet potatoes, corn and tender pieces of chicken swimming in a sea of spicy tomatoes could be a top contender…. 

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Vegetable Enchiladas with Chile Gravy

Bubbly enchiladas loaded with black beans, corn, spinach and cheese baked in a smoky chile gravy.

For 11 years I lived a mere hour’s drive from the Mexican border. Sad to say… 

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Slow Cooker Cuban Black Bean and Rice Bowls

Cuban-style black beans go tex-mex! Served with rice they are a satisfying meal in themselves, especially when you load them up with toppings like sour cream, tomatoes, avocado and tortilla chips for scooping.

Black beans have a ton of flavor all on their own. Their earthy flavor only intensifies when seasoned with oregano, bay leaf and cumin along with a sofrito of onion, bell pepper and garlic. … 

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Southwestern Chicken Soup

A zesty Southwestern soup to jazz up your life. If not your life then your taste buds. Because maybe your life doesn’t need it but your taste buds? They always do.

This hearty soup has a range of flavors and colorful ingredients like shredded chicken, spicy jalapeño peppers, red peppers, red onions, earthy black beans, sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, lime, cilantro and buttery avocado. It’s a flavor explosion. A party in a bowl.… 

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Tex-Mex Black Bean Veggie Burgers

This will go down in history as the summer of veggie burgers.

What it won’t be is the summer of tomatoes. Hundreds in my garden still cling to their young, green selves. Someone forgot to send them the memo youth is not eternal.

These jazzed-up burgers are equal opportunists and can be made with beans or ground beef. Whatever one you favor will work well with the diced tomatoes, corn, coriander and chipotle chiles spicing them up…. 

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Southwestern Chicken Salad

This is my new favorite salad! I have an inkling it will be yours too, if you adore southwest flavors half as much as I.

A mix of crisp and cool romaine and iceberg lettuces tossed with corn fresh from the cob, earthy black beans, meaty olives, tomatoes and red onion then topped with homemade tortilla strips for crunch and tender, rotisserie chicken…. 

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