Saturday, June 9, 2007

Salsa This Pepper!

At a meeting this past week I took a black bean salsa that raised a few eyebrows & had several of the Mexican women asking for the recipe. I do feel flattered if one of the locals wants to know how a Tex~Mex variation of one of their recipes came to be. Texas has such a shared cuisine with Mexico (not to mention a border)so it is nice to put a spin on something new! This does have a kick to it as a few of my Ex Patriot friends were trying to put out the fire while eating this salsa...not mentioning any names though~Lil Martha!! The amount of Chipotle Pepper can be adjusted up or down of course. Chipotles date back to a region that is now northern Mexico City, prior to the Aztec civilization. About 1/5 of the Mexican Jalapeno Pepper crop are processed as Chipotle Peppers. Just don't leave this pepper out entirely since it adds a subtle smokey flavor which is nice with the sweet mango of this recipe!

Mango Black Bean Salsa~with a Kick!
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (7 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 medium mango, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 finely minced *chipotle peppers in adobo
juice of 2 fresh limes
2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
In medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Serve with baked tortilla chips, if desired
*Chipotle Peppers are smoky flavored canned jalapeno peppers. La Costena is a good brand found at home in the latin section of the grocery store. Look for a tiny 7 oz. can.

~Chipotle Cream~

1/3 C. sour cream
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1 to 2 t. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Mix all 3 ingredients together & chill.
Nice addition to Tacos, Fajitas or with fresh veggies!


tilegirl said...

yum, sounds delish! A fun variation of that salsa Susan Delgado makes with the can of corn, can of beans, and the same amount of jar salsa.
Tengo hambre!

Dee said...

Didn't you make that once? Did it have mango? Mangos are muy cheapo here & really sweet!

Lauren said...

Sounds like a good summer staple for me to make for my friends!