Sunday, August 07, 2005

Bean Recipes!

I have been discussing bean recipes with Jo and decided to post a few here. I sure would appreciate any other good bean recipes from your kitchens too! All of these recipes as-is would serve our family of 7 for one meal. I hope you find something you like!



Kate's Kitchen


(Key: t = teaspoon, T = Tablespoon, C = cup, can = small regular can)


Tamale Pie


2 cans kidney or pinto beans (or 3 heaping cups home-cooked kidney or pinto beans)
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 cup corn (frozen or 1 can regular, drained)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 t cumin
2 t chili powder
½ t oregano
½ t salt
1 C cheese

4 ½ C water
1 ½ C corn meal
½ t salt


Mix beans, onion, bell pepper, corn, garlic, spices, and salt together in a cooking pot. Heat through, but do not cook long; just until hot. Pour mixture into large pie pan or smaller rectangular baking pan (double recipe for 9x13 pan). Sprinkle cheese on top of mixture. In a pan heat the 4 ½ C water with salt until boiling then add corn meal. Stir until thick then pour over top of cheese. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes until cornmeal is baked through and the bean mixture is bubbling. Slice and enjoy!


Chicken/Feta/Bean Burritos

(can be made without chicken, but better with!)


3 pounds chicken breasts, cut up into bite-sized chunks
2 t ground cumin
1 t salt
½ t pepper
2 cans of black beans or 3 heaping cups home-cooked black beans
2 T oil
1 C feta cheese (or other if feta is disliked, but feta is yummy!)
Flour tortillas


Sauté chicken in oil until cooked through. Mix beans with spices and heat in pan; then add chicken. Warm tortillas if you like, lay bean/chicken mixture in center of tortillas, add feta, and salsa. Roll and enjoy!


Black Beans with Turkey and Rice


1 T oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 C onion, chopped
1 C green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
2 T soy sauce
1 T lemon juice
1 T mustard (Dijon preferred, but other is fine.)
1 t chili powder
3 C cooked black beans, rinsed if canned
3 C freshly cooked brown rice


Heat oil in large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add turkey and cook until done, but not crispy. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook five minutes until tender. Whisk tomato sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, mustard, and chili powder until blended. Stir into turkey mixture along with the beans. Reduce heat to medium low and cook 20 minutes until hot and flavors are blended. Serve over hot brown rice.


Crockpot Chili


1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cans (or 3 heaping home-cooked cups) kidney or pinto beans **
2 pounds ground turkey, cooked  **
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t salt
1 t cumin
2-3 T chili powder (to taste really – more if mild chili and less if strong)


Brown ground turkey and add to all other ingredients in the crock pot. Cook on low 7-8 hours or on high, 4-5. (The last hour will depend on how your crockpot is.) Serve with cornbread.


** Note: You can also do 3 cans of beans (or 4 ½ C home-cooked) to 1 pound of ground turkey – your choice.




8 cups your own pinto beans, cooked or 2 large cans refried beans
4 C Grated cheddar cheese
2 cans chopped black olives
2 avocados, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
Sour cream
15 corn tortillas
1 C oil to fry tortillas in


Cut up all topping items. Heat up oil and fry tortillas. Lay them out on a brown paper bag to drain. While frying tortillas, heat beans. If your family likes refried and you don’t want to buy them, cook your own pinto beans and make them yourself in the blender. I use mostly beans, enough of the bean water to make them blend, salt, garlic powder, and any other spices I might like to throw in. A friend uses a small can of mild green chilies and blends that in with it. I have not tried that yet. Once you have your beans; heat them up. Now is the time to decorate your tostada. Take a fried corn tortilla, spread beans whole, or refried, on them, add cheese. Then place any topping on it that you like, olives, avocado, onion, tomatoes, and then top with salsa and sour cream if you like. Eat them with your hands and enjoy!



Anonymous said...

You rule the entire WORLD for posting these on your blog!! I'm printing them all out!! YAY!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!


thewestiecrew said...

Thanks for posting these. I am always looking for new recipes to make for supper, so I will print these out. I hope all is well with you and your family.

Gayle :)

bethbriggs said...

I'm going to try the chicken & feta recipe....I never thought to do feta in a mexicanish way--sounds great.

There's a recipe for "addictive sweet potato burritos" I've been waiting to try too...it's at Allrecipes and has kidney beans in it.