it’s may 5th, cinco de mayo. cooking anything special today?

i have been finding cinco de mayo recipes everywhere. the saveur magazine this month was dedicated to secrets of mexican cooking. i was very excited. i found a couple of great recipes, don’t worry i will share.

in the meantime, this week, other then my kitchen blunders, i have actually turned out a couple great dishes. one from left over corn from our bbq this weekend. it was a great alternative to tomato salsa and was perfect paired with our re-fried bean (next paragraph) mexican pizza.

why re-fried beans? i was shopping the other day and found cans of re-fried beans. i looked at the cans and put it back. i knew i could figure out a healthy way to make it. i did :-) i found a couple great recipes online, all that reminded me of the pinto beans i made the other day.

both great recipes to celebrate today. happy 5th!

roasted corn salsa

  • 1/2 red onion minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • handful of cilantro
  • a touch of salt
  1. mix all of the above ingredients together and mix.
  2. you can serve right away but letting it sit for an hour or so really makes a difference. it allows all the flavors to come together. it’s a perfect mix of sweet from the corn, spicy from the jalapeno, but at the same time earthy from the cilantro and onion.

crock pot no-fry re-fried beans

  • 2 can of beans drained, i used one pinto and one kidney. black would be great too
  • 1 can of water
  • 1 onion minced
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper (i left the seeds in for more heat)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  1. the best part of this recipe, you can cook it in your crock pot. if you don’t keep an eye on it and add more water as it evaporates.
  2. in your crock-pot, add all the ingredients + one cup of water. i filled up a can and dumped it in.
  3. cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3.
  4. when beans are done, blend or mash.

we made mexican pizza’s with the beans. i added some fresh tomatoes, some cheese and the corn salsa. it would be great in a burrito or in a taco.

happy cinco de mayo!




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