Gallo Pintos

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


3 tablespoons lard or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved
2 cups long grain rice, cooked
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)


In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start to brown or about 5 minutes. Add the beans and stir well, continuing to sauté beans. Add about ½ cup of the bean liquid and cook down to about half. Add the rice and mix well, making sure to get the beans and rice well mixed and stirring constantly so that the mixture does not stick. Season with salt and fresh cilantro, mix well.

Smashed Beans

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6


Avocado or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
3 cups black, red or pinto beans
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 teaspoon cumin


In a medium sauté pan heat the oil to a medium high heat. Sauté the onions until slightly translucent or about 3 minutes. Add the beans and sauté, smashing the beans with a potato smasher or other smashing tools. Add the cilantro leaves, cumin and salt and cook for about 2 minutes longer.

Spicy Black Bean Squash Cheese Tamales with Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

March 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tamales


For the black bean squash

2 cups cooked squash (winter squash or zucchini), cubed
1 cup black beans, dried and cooked or canned
1 red pepper, roasted, destemmed, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 jalapeno, roasted, destemmed, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup goat cheese, crumbled

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poached chicken
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest

For spicy red pepper sauce

2 red bell peppers, roasted, destemmed, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, roasted, destemmed, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
¼ cup champagne or citrus champagne vinegar
¼ cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin


For the black bean squash

Place all ingredients (except herbs) in a medium mixing bowl and combine. Set aside.

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest with 2 cups of the reserved chicken liquid, mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until full incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the wrappers

For corn husk wrappers, place the corn husks in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, take out and cool slightly before handling. For the banana leaf wrappers, pass the banana leaf over the gas stove until soft and pliable, about 1-2 minutes.

For assembling the tamales

In the center of each banana leaf or corn husk, place about 3-4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of either the banana leaf or corn husk. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons bean mixture. Fold over the banana leaf or corn husk like you are folding a present. Tying the wrapped package with either corn husk ties or banana leaf ties, or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips form making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on a medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

For the spicy red pepper sauce

In a blender place all ingredients, blend until smooth.

Malay Chicken

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


2 tablespoons of canola oil
3 chicken thighs (with the skin on the bone)
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup julienned ginger
1 yellow onion, halved and then sliced into lengthwise pieces
1½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon preserved black beans
½ cup boiled/hot water
1 tablespoon fish sauce
½ teaspoon minced Thai chilies (optional)
Juice of lime (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon scallions, to garnish


In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add oil. Add minced garlic, julienned ginger and sliced onion. Do not stir. Place chicken thighs, skin-side down on the bed of garlic, ginger, onion. Cook until skin begins to crisp, and then flip. Add soy sauce directly to the chicken.

Add black beans to the cup of boiled hot water, and let sit for 3 minutes. Strain the beans themselves and pour the liquid mixture over the chicken. Let cook for 5 minutes. Add the beans and turn to low heat for another 5 minutes. Add fish sauce, Thai chilies, and fresh lime juice. Sprinkle cilantro and scallions over and bring off heat.

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Spicy Black Bean Sweet Corn Tomato Salad

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Serves 4

This salad is so delicious and quick to prepare, healthy as all heck, and CHEAP CHEAP to make! I eat it often when I am short on time. I used to sprinkle cotija cheese over the top, but since I am on my new, almost-vegan diet I have eliminated it and have not for a second had any complaints!


2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 basket cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine (for spicier or lazier version leave seeds)
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped fine
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted (lazier version can add them untoasted)
Juice of 2 limes
8 corn tortillas, cooked over a gas stove
2 teaspoons Maldon finishing salt, check for taste


Mix all ingredients except tortillas and salt in a medium mixing bowl, stir well. Add salt to taste, and let stand about 5 minutes to absorb. Serve with warm tortillas.

Vegetable, Bean, and Cheese Burritos

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8


2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped medium
1 red bell pepper, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped medium
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped fine
1 medium tomato, chopped medium
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white rice
1 cup water
1½ cups pinto beans, black beans, red beans, or your choice of beans (pre-cooked or canned)
1 cup cilantro leaves
8 large whole wheat flour tortillas
1 to 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese


Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large sauté pan, heat oil over medium high heat. Sauté onions and peppers, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes, spices, and rice, cook 3 minutes. Next, add water and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until rice is cooked. Add beans, cook, allowing the mixture to remain moist. Remove from heat, and add cilantro leaves. To assemble burritos, place tortilla flat on cutting board or flat surface and add 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable bean mixture. Top with cheese. Wrap in a burrito style and place on a baking sheet. Continue until finished with tortillas. Bake burritos for about 10-15 minutes or until warm and cheese has melted.

Three Bean Pork & Green Chili

November 29th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


For the Rub

2 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons green chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
3 pounds pork butt, cubed in 1-inch pieces

For the Chili

Vegetable oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded, pith removed, and chopped
1 pound tomatillos, husks removed and chopped
3 poblano chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
Zest and juice of 2 limes
1 cup pinto beans, cooked
1 cup white kidney beans, cooked
1 cup black beans, cooked
1 cup water
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
Cheddar or Cotija cheese, to garnish


In a small bowl, mix spices for the rub, and rub all over the meat. Let sit for about 10 minutes while meat soaks up flavor. In a heavy bottom soup pan, add oil, and place over medium-high heat. Add the onions and jalapeño, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the seasoned meat, and sauté until meat is browned on all sides. Next, add the tomatillos, poblanos, cumin, cumin seeds, lime zest and juice, beans, and water. Mix well, and bring to a boil. Once boil is reached, turn to low, and let simmer for about 20 minutes and season with salt. Take off heat, add cilantro leaves and let stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Serve with cheese!

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