Busy Nights Recipes

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Home Alone Beans

Home Alone Beans
from The Grilling Encyclopedia, by A. Cort Sinnes

When you're home alone, the object of preparing dinner should be to make something so good that you won't start whining about being alone. A tasty bowl of beans is usually the last thing the single diner thinks about preparing, simply because most recipes for beans produce enough for a battalion or two. This recipe, such that it is, makes just enough for those occasions when you find yourself home alone. Eat them too often, and you may be home alone a lot. Excellent with any leftover grilled meat, or as a fast side dish. Note: If canned Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies are not available where you live, think about moving or write to Ro-Tel directly and tell them to get on the stick.

1 - 16 ounce can of your favorite beans (I use black)
1 - 10 ounce can of Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin

Pour the beans into a sieve or colander. Rinse under cold water. Put rinsed beans, Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, chili powder and cumin into a saucepan. Bring beans to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow the beans to cook for 30 minutes or so. Stir every once in a while.

Notes: Serve over rice, couscous, or wrap in tortillas. Makes 2-3 main dish servings. Top with shredded cheese if desired.


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