A Remarkable And Marvelous Contrast For Mexican Food
Black Bean Salsa recipes with the deep black color provides for a noticeable and splendid contrast to the more common reds and greens of the typical serving of Mexican food.
This great salsa is delightful on its own in a bowl topped with sour cream, crisp tortilla chips, chopped onions, and a little grated cheese.
Salsa too thick for you?
You can even thin it with a healthy recipe of homemade beef or chicken broth for a hearty soup.
You can make this Black Bean Salsa recipe a day or two ahead to let the flavors develop fully.
- ½ cup black beans rinsed and soaked overnight in water to cover
- 1 Pasado Chile
- 2 fresh Red Fresno Chiles
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 lime grated zest and juice from 1 lime
- 2 Tbl Mexican Beer (optional)
- 1 Tbl Olive Oil
- ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- Sort the beans and rinse thoroughly.
- Combine the beans and water in a large saucepan and let sit overnight.
- Drain the beans.
- Pour in water to cover and place the lid on the pan.
- Bring to a boil, lower the heat slightly and simmer the beans covered for about 1 hour or until tender.
- Drain and rinse the beans in cold water, drain again and leave the beans until cold.
- Soak the pasado chile in hot water for about 10 minutes, until softened. Drain, remove the stalk, then slit the chile and scrape out the seeds with a small sharp knife, discard the seed and finely chop the flesh of the pasado chile. Note: Don't forget your gloves!
- Roast the Fresno chiles over the flame of a gas burner until the skins blister and darken. Do not let the flesh burn.
- Seal the roasted Chiles in a zip-lock freezer bag or covered bowl steaming for 20 minutes.
- While the chile is steaming, finely chop the red onion.
- Remove the Chiles from the bag and peel off the skins. Slit them, remove the seeds and finely chop.
- Transfer the beans to a bowl and add the onion and both types of Chiles.
- Stir in the lime zest and juice, beer, oil and cilantro.
- Season with salt and mix well.
- Chill before serving.
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