Versatile and quick – a simple spicy side dish!
Prep & Cooking: 15-20 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
1 jar or can (400ml/15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, finely diced
1 small red bell pepper, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
2-3 tbsp of lemon or lime juice
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 ½ tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
2-3 green onions, chopped
Chopped cilantro or parsley (optional garnish)
Warm the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, approximately 3-5 minutes. Add garlic and diced bell pepper. Continue to sauté until soft, an additional 2-3 minutes.
Add beans, lemon juice, water, tomato paste, and seasonings and stir to combine and coat evenly.
Place a lid on the sauce pan and allow to simmer on a low heat until heated through, approximately 7-8 minutes. Add chopped green onions and stir to mix. Top with additional green onion, chopped parsley or cilantro.
Use this spicy bean mixture as a partner to rice. Cool and add to salads or top a baked sweet potato for a little extra kick!