Thursday, June 30, 2011

Black Bean Taco Salad

Remember how I talked and talked about how it was never going to be warm?  Well, here we are.  It's not warm, it's HOT.  So hot that we spent the day playing in the water attempting to cool down.  As a side note, our a/c has decided not to work today so that was a big thumbs down!  Needless to say, making anything with the stove or anything that took longer than 15 minutes was out.  I had big plans for our meal but I scratched all of it from the menu in favour of a very simple (and very delicious) taco salad.  A one bowl, easy clean up, filling meal served with some fruit kabobs... perfect for this very hot and humid day.  Now all I need is for someone to fix my central air...

Black Bean Taco Salad

1 chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1.5-2 cups cooked black beans mash half
1 cup corn
5 chopped tomatoes
1 cup salsa
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper
3 cups chopped lettuce
1.5 cups Tex Mex blend cheese
1 bag crumbled tortilla chips

*Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until soft
*Add beans, corn, tomatoes, and half the salsa, and spices and cook another 5 minutes.  Let cool slightly.
*In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, bean mixture, remaining salsa and 1/2 cup cheese.
*Serve bean/lettuce mixture on top of a bed of crumbled chips topped with remaining cheese.

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