Category Archives: Black Beans

Sweet Pepper and Steak Burritos

These fajitas are best on flour tortillas with guacamole and sour cream. I think they give Chipotle burritos a run for their money with the flavor. I am sure some people would disagree, but I enjoy being able to make food in my own house that tastes just as good, if not better, than stuff from a a restaurant.

I adapted recipes for the meat and rice from here and here.


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 pounds skirt steak

It looks prettier before you pulverize it into smitherines.

Mix all the ingredients together and blend in either a blender or food processor. Marinate the meat in the sauce for at least an hour. Leaving it marinate overnight works best.

Sweet Pepper and Rice

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 large yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 16-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or 1 heaping Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


While the grill is heating up to cook the meat, cook rice and set aside. Dice the onions, pepper and mince the garlic.

Saute till they're just barely soft.

Sauté onions and bell peppers for 3-4 minutes in oil over medium heat, till just they just start to get soft. Add garlic, sauté a minute more.

Texas Pete > Tabasco Sauce

Add the black beans, vinegar and Tabasco or cayenne. Add a little bit of water so the beans won’t stick to the pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

This rice is pretty good to eat just by itself.

Stir in rice and oregano. Add salt and pepper if you want to, I usually find it doesn’t really need it.

mmmmm steak

While you are cooking the rice, send your husband outside to cook the steak. I’d do it myself, but I don’t know how to work a grill. Feminists must hate me. So for directions on cooking the meat….grill until it is as done as you like it. After you take it off the grill, let it rest for about 5 minutes then thinly slice it into bite sized pieces.

Another happy customer.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole and salsa if you want. Or be boring and just eat the meat and rice on a tortilla like my husband.


Black Bean Sweet Potato Dip

I like black beans. I like sweet potatoes. I made up a recipe that mixes the two together. Yum.

You need:

1 lb. dried black beans
6 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large sweet potato

Rinse the beans.

Mix the chicken broth, onion, salt, cumin, black pepper. Pour in crockpot.

Add beans, cook on low for 8 or high for 6, until soft (You can also cook the beans on the stovetop, but I am lazy and like the crockpot to do the work for me).

If you have a favorite wooden spoon, don't use it to stir this. It will stain it...badly.

When the beans are about an hour from being done. Scrub sweet potato and stab holes all over it with a fork. Place potato on a cookie sheet with an edge or in a shallow pan.  Cook for about an hour at 400 degrees. It should be very soft when it is ready. Peel and set aside.

When beans are soft, drain and let cool.

Pretty Colors

Add half the beans and the sweet potato to the food processor.  Add more vegetable broth or water until it is the consistency you want.

How did people live before food processors and crock pots?

Mix remaining beans with the beans/sweet potatoes. Reheat on the stove top or in the microwave.

I promise it tastes better than it looks.

Serve with chips.

This recipe could easily be turned into a soup. Just add more liquid at the food processor stage. I was just thinking, it would probably really good to add hot sauce too also. I have a feeling I will use this basic recipe to make a lot more recipes.