Whenever I order a meal at a Mexican restaurant, it arrives with what seems like an obligatory side of rice and beans. I sometimes get to choose what type of beans arrive, but that is about as exciting as it gets.
This recipe for Mexican-style beans takes boring beans up a few notches. There is not a whole lot of pretty to the dish, but I am of the mind that the taste makes up for the presentation in this case.
I eat beans at least three times per week. Rice and beans, along with some sort of scrambled egg and rice bowl or egg sandwich, are common lunches and dinners in my world. After a while, plain beans begin to become tiresome, so I was happy to find this recipe.
As for things you should know if you want to make this dish, first off, it makes a lot of beans. The recipe says the yield is four, but I would say that is a conservative estimate. The author suggested making this dish a go-to for potlucks since it yields a good amount and is easily doubled for larger parties.
For leftovers, I have resorted to eating the beans along with rice, of course, but I have also found I like it as a sandwich spread. I simply used a fork to mash some of the beans before spreading it over toasted bread. I don’t know that I would eat just the mashed beans and bread, but it definitely adds to a sandwich as a condiment.
Overall, I liked the way this recipe gave me a new, but simple, way to prepare flavorful beans for use throughout the week. I hope you will find the same. If not, I hope you will stick around until tomorrow when we start getting to the really good stuff. Enjoy!
Mexican Baked Beans
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups onion, diced (from 1 large onion)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1, 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 1, 4-ounce can diced green chilies, drained
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3, 15-ounce cans beans (I used one can each of kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups grated cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Saute the onions and garlic until the onions are soften and the garlic is fragrant, about five minutes
- Add the tomatoes, chilies, tomato paste, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper.
- Raise the heat to high and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid from the tomatoes has for the most part evaporated, about another five minutes.
- Combine this mixture in the skillet with the beans, either in the skillet if it is large enough, a bowl, or the baking dish (8 x 8 or 9 x 13 will work) you plan to use.
- Layer half the combined bean and tomato mixture in the baking dish (if you combined the mixture in the dish itself, you will simply want to transfer half back to the skillet for a moment) and top with 1/2 cup of the sour cream and 1 cup of the cheese.
- Add the remaining bean and tomato mixture, followed by the remaining sour cream and cheese.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until the mixture is hot and bubbly.