When it comes to feeding my family after a cold and busy day, a hearty meal in my slow cooker is my go to. For a family with 6 kids- many of them picky- delicious, customizable Black Bean Fiesta is the perfect choice.
Black Bean Fiesta is perfect for stretching your grocery budget with a meatless meal. I usually serve Black Bean Fiesta one night, and then serve the leftovers on taco night later in the week. The black beans taste great on tacos, with (or without) meat. Adding leftover Black Bean Fiesta to taco night is a great way to make your taco meat go a little farther too.
Here’s how to make Black Bean Fiesta:
Soak a 1 pound bag of black beans overnight. In the morning, rinse and drain the beans. Place the beans in your slow cooker with 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth, and 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
The final cooking time will vary depending on how firm or soft your family prefers black beans. We like our beans soft, so my total cooking time is usually 10 hours. Once the beans reach the desired texture add one cup of fresh chopped cilantro to the slow cooker.
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- fresh chopped cilantro
Avocados can be intimidating, if you aren’t familiar with them. But, the addition of avocado really makes Black Bean Fiesta pop, not to mention the added nutritional value avocado adds to the meal.
When chosing a ripe avocado, chose one that yields slightly to a gentle squeeze, and is darker in color but not totally wrinkly. If your avocado is very firm, it is not ripe. A very firm avocado can take 5 days or more to ripen when sitting at room temperature. My children are usually excited about avocados and not happy about waiting that long to enjoy them. An easy way to ripen an avocado quickly, is to place the avocado in a paper bag with an apple for a day or two.
Just make sure to fold the bag closed to trap the ripening gases.
An avocado will turn brown once cut. If you want to save half of an avocado for another meal be sure to eat the side without the pit. Save the other side with the pit still in the avocado. Cover the avocado firmly with plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator. You will need to scrape a little brown off the top of the avocado, but the majority of the flesh will still be green and fresh.
Speaking of pits… How do you remove the pit of an avocado? You can scoop it out with a spoon, but will often end up with a lot of the edible part stuck to the pit. Check out this simple way to cleanly remove the pit of the avocado.
What will your favorite combination be?
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