Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Black beans date back 7,000 years. Black beans a protein rich staple food of many Latin cultures for a long time. Today, black beans are enjoyed by many cultures around the world. 

Black beans, botanically known as Phaseolus vulgaris, are native to the Americas. One of over 500 varieties of kidney beans, black beans is also known as turtle beans, caviar criollo, and frijoles negros. These beans date back at least 7,000 years, when they were a staple food in the diets of central and South Americans.

The beans are about the size of a pea, up to 1/2 inch long, with the slightly less pronounced boat shape common to kidney beans. They have a satiny black skin and a white center. When cooked, the beans have a creamy texture with a strong, slightly sweet flavor.
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1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 (15.5 oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 bag restaurant style tortilla chips
cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chives, chopped

In skillet heat oil over medium heat, add onions, ground beef, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic, paprika, ground cumin, crumble meat and cook until no longer pink. Add black beans and diced tomatoes with green chilies, stir.

Lay the tortilla chips on a sheet pan. Add meat mixture, sprinkle cheese. Top with chives. Enjoy!


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