Beans, Mexican Style

Congratulations again to Sarah, who won our bean recipe contest! You got to see her winning recipe on Monday, and today I get to share our family favorite. This is actually one of our favorite crock-pot meals, but I couldn’t tell you about it when we did our week on crock-pot meals because it’s also my stand-by for a cheaper, bean-based dinner. And, like my other crock-pot stand-bys, it’s mexican. Surprise, surprise.

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This is our take on a cheap Chipotle dinner. It’s cilantro-lime rice, topped with Mexican pinto beans. For the pinto beans, I originally started with this recipe from allrecipes, but I have modified it to suit our family’s tastes. Here’s how it looks for us now:

3 cups dried pinto beans
1 diced onion
1 head of garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced (usually I leave out the seeds so the kids can eat it)
3 tsp. salt
2 (generous) Tbsp. cumin
8-9 cups water

Throw everything in the crockpot, and cook on low for 8 hours. I do not mash the beans when they’re finished, as the recipe suggests. Instead, we use a slotted spoon to serve them over rice.

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For the cilantro-lime rice, I cook a batch of rice in my amazing rice cooker, and when it’s finished, I add a little bit of oil, juice from a lemon or lime (or straight from the bottle of lemon-juice), a generous portion of salt, and chopped cilantro.

To make this dinner seem a little more appealing than your average rice-n-beans, we add a lot of toppings. We usually have cheese, sour cream, diced onion, cilantro, tomatoes, and salsa. If we’re feeling super fancy (or they’re on sale!), we add olives or guacamole.

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Three cheers for healthy, cheap eating!

 

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5 Responses to Beans, Mexican Style

  1. Erin says:

    One head of garlic? Just checking….we love garlic, but I haven’t ever uses a whole head! It’s on the meal plan for Saturday!

  2. Erin says:

    Used – ugh.

  3. Erin says:

    We had it tonight and it was delicious! Everyone enjoyed it, including my toddler! Thank you! I love the idea of a crockpot, but am often less than thrilled with the results. If y’all like Chinese food, my other new crockpot success is the Slow-cooker Honey Sesame Chicken recipe on Tasty Kitchen.

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