Mexican Black Beans and Feast

On New Years Eve my husband and I always choose to stay in (if you have ever been to Berlin on New Years Eve you will know why), cook something tasty and watch movies. This year when debating what to have we decided on something we haven’t made in a while but used to be a favourite so I thought I would share it with you.

So here is our Mexican Black Beans and Feast from New Years Eve:

Ingredients

For the Spicy Black Beans

  • 1 Finely Chopped Red Onion
  • 1tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
  • 1tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1.2tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 Tins of Black Beans (400g tins)

For the Guacamole

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1tsbp of Lime Juice
  • Black Pepper
  • Chili Flakes

For the Extras

  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Grated Cheese
  • Chopped Red Onion
  • 6 Tortillas
Mexican Black Beans and Feast
Mexican Black Beans and Feast

Method

  1. Firstly prepare the spicy black beans by draining the tins of beans whilst retaining the liquid in a bowl beneath
  2. Start frying the onion in olive oil until soft
  3. Then add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add the cumin and cinnamon and cook for a further minute
  5. Add the beans and a couple of tablespoons of the reserved liquid
  6. Cover the beans and cook on a medium-low heat for 10 minutes until they start to break down
  7. Then remove from the heat and love to cool slightly
  8. Mash about 3/4 of the beans roughly with a fork, leaving some whole
  9. They are ready to serve so set to one side and start on the guacamole
  10. To do this, mash the avocado flesh in a bowl, add the lime juice
  11. Then add black pepper and chili to your taste then mash until smooth
  12. This can also be set aside, I then grate the cheese, chop some onion and pour the other ingredients into bowls for serving buffet style
  13. Finally I prepare the tortillas, do this set your grill to 200C
  14. Cut the tortillas into slices (i do this like a pizza) and arrange on a baking tray, grill for around 90 seconds on each side until they start to crisp and go brown, it may take a few trays to do them all
  15. Once cool your Mexican Feast can be served!

Our Mexican Black Beans and Feast is inspired by a recipe from Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course Recipe Book called Spicy Black Beans with Feta and Avocado, however I don’t really like Feta and Avocado so our dish kind of evolved to the above with the black beans being the central focus. Now I do not mean to offend Mr Ramsay but I like our version better 🙂

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