Spicy Black Bean and Avocado Salsa Recipe

Looking for a simple party food or something healthy to snack on this weekend? This spicy black bean and avocado salsa recipe is just the thing. It’ll definitely liven up any gathering and keep your spicy food lovers happy! I strongly believe food should taste great and look appetizing as well and nothing beats having fresh, healthy ingredients to whip up a pretty bowl of black bean salsa. Check out my cute chile pepper bowl too! I picked that up at Pier 1 Imports. They have a beautiful selection of Mexican inspired home decor.

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I decided to make corn tortillas for my spicy salsa for a heartier meal but this will also go well with tortilla chips for snacking. Once you’ve had homemade tortillas you won’t want the store bought type. To make them just add masa (white corn flour), which has already been lightly flavored with lime & salt, and water. Just mix the two and roll into golf ball sized balls and flatten with a tortilla press. I purchased this one below for $10 at a local store. I then cooked tortillas in a little butter and that was all.

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This spicy black bean salsa recipe is quick and easy to make and is full of great flavors everyone can enjoy. Just chop up a few ingredients and you can have yourself a spicy meal in under 15 minutes.

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The red peppers and jalapenos provide a nice crunch, the avocados adds creaminess, while the black beans gives this spicy black bean and avocado salsa a great chewy texture. Also, black beans have an incredible amount of fiber to keep you full longer and promote healthy digestion. It’s a great super food to add to your diet. Try it and let me know what you think! If you want a spicier salsa, use serrano chiles or habaneros for an even hotter treat.

Spicy Black Bean Salsa Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 haas avocado, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (reserve a couple of slices for topping)
  • 1-2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Fiesta Citrus seasoning, optional
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl mix the rinsed black beans and the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Toss around lightly making sure not to mush the avocados.
  3. Serve with homemade or store bought corn tortillas or your favorite chips.

 

Cool and refreshing Spicy Mango Salsa Recipe

YAY it’s finally getting warmer here in Jersey and it couldn’t come soon enough! It’s the weather for lighter foods and sorbets, for icy drinks and cooling foods. It’s the time for firing up the grill, eating outdoors and making foods that transport you to the beautiful Caribbean Islands like this cool and refreshing spicy mango salsa recipe.

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With only a handful of simple ingredients you can turn a bland dish into a vibrant and more appealing meal. Just chop up a few ingredients, mix and let it rest so all the flavors blend well. The salt will help draw out the moisture of the mangoes for a juicier bite each time.

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Use it to top grilled chicken, pork chops or enjoy it with tortilla chips. Either way, its a sweet, savory and spicy flavor you will want to make all Summer long.

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Spicy Mango Salsa
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Ingredients
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Let the mixture sit for at least an hour for best flavor.

 

Grilled Chicken Smothered in Tomatillo Salsa and Cheese

Ok this isn’t the prettiest dish but looks can be so deceiving! This grilled chicken dish is moist, tangy, spicy, and simply delicious. I picked up some tomatillos at the market the other day to make a salsa for chips but decided on using it to smother some grilled chicken. I went full blown Mexican this month and loved making all these dishes so hopefully you’ve enjoyed them as well.

I grilled the chicken using my George Foreman grill because the weather wasn’t holding up. The grill worked just fine and was able to get nice grill marks on the chicken. I then prepared the sauce in a blender and covered the grilled chicken, added cheese and baked until cheese melted. This was an incredibly easy dish to make and took about 30 minutes.

I also made my own tortillas for the first time! I’m never buying store bought corn tortillas again. They came out a little thick but next time I think I’ll invest in a tortilla press for perfect tortillas every time.

Grilled Chicken Smothered in Tomatillo Salsa

2 lbs chicken breast
5-6 tomatillos, roughly chopped
1 tsp cayanne pepper sauce
1 medium onion
1 tbsp fresh parseley, chopped
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 tsp sea salt
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1 tsp black ground pepper
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1 serrano pepper, sliced

Preheat oven to 350. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and squeeze lemon over the chicken breasts. Grill the chicken until cooked all the way through. Add the tomatillos, pepper sauce, onion, parseley, cilantro, 1/2 tsp salt, and half the serrano pepper to a blender and puree ingredients. Add the chicken to a baking dish and cover completely with the tomatillo salsa. Add the cheese and remaining serrano chile slices on top and bake chicken for about 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Remove from oven and top with cilantro.

Tortillas
1 cup maseca corn flour
3/4 cup of hot water
1/4 tsp salt

In a bowl add the flour, salt then slowly add the water until a dough is formed. Roll about 2-3 tbsp of dough in hand to shape like a ball then flatten with the palm of your on a floured board. Lay a piece of parchment paper on top and roll until desired thickeness. Heat up each tortilla in a heavy pan (cast iron) with a pat of butter until tortillas are a little browned on both sides.

note: you can get Maseca corn flour from a Latin grocery store. Maseca is the brand name of a very fine corn flour that’s made with a bit of lime.