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Black Bean Flautas with Avocado Dipping Sauce
Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Juice of 1 large lime 1 (16-ounce) can spicy vegetarian refried black beans 16 white corn tortillas, warmed (see note) Grapeseed, vegetable, or canola oil for pan frying Avocado Dipping Sauce (see recipe below) Chopped lettuce, cilantro, hot sauce, and lime wedges for serving Instructions In a small bowl, combine the red onion, chopped cilantro, and lime juice. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally. In a large heavy skillet, heat ¼-inch of oil over medium heat. Working with one tortilla at a time, spread 1 heaping tablespoon of refried black beans and 1/2 tablespoon of the onion, cilantro, and lime mixture evenly along one side of the tortilla. Gently roll the tortilla tightly beginning on the side with the filling. Use a toothpick to secure the flauta so it doesn't unroll while cooking. Place the prepared flautas seam side down in the hot oil and cook, rotating with tongs, until they are golden brown and crispy on all sides, approximately 4-5 minutes per batch. Continue to cook the rest of the flautas in batches, adding more oil as needed. Remove the toothpicks after you have fried them and serve with Avocado Dipping Sauce, lettuce, cilantro, hot sauce, and lime wedges. Avocado Dipping Sauce Ingredients 2 ripe avocados, halved and pits removed, scooped from their shells 1/4 cup chopped red onion Juice of 1 lime 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 jalapeno, chopped 1 clove garlic 2 tablespoons water Kosher salt to taste Instructions Combine the avocado, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, and water in a blender or food processor, then puree until smooth and creamy. Season to taste with kosher salt. Chill until ready to use.
Meatless Monday Recipe: Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup
One full week into June means that we're well on our way to Summer! But I'll be honest - the weather has been a little bit strange here in San Diego. With Tropical Storm Blanca coming up from Mexico, the month so far has been unexpectedly cool and overcast - a bit dissuading for those of us who want to reach for our flip-flops and head to the beach! However, the wonky weather of Southern California's late Spring and early Summer always has me looking to make some unconventional soups. For example, I might go for some matzoh ball soup with a side of sauerkraut pirogi or sprinkle some Follow Your Heart cheddar shreds on a hearty potato soup. But perhaps my favorite soup for this weather is a bean-based tortilla soup garnished with a couple corn tortilla chips for an added crunch, so I can enjoy the flavors of summer while beating that untimely chill! Try this recipe with a number of different garnishes. Top it with a dollap of Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream or chop up some fresh slices of avocado. Either way, you'll find yourself falling in love with the slight kick and aroma of this soup - and have plenty of leftovers too! Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup (Adapted From Minimalist Baker) MAKES 6 SERVINGS INGREDIENTS: For The Soup - 2 tablespoons avocado, grape seed, or coconut oil 1/2 white or yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 red or orange pepper, diced 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 1/2 cups chunky spicy salsa 4 cups vegetable stock 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or maple syrup (optional, to taste) 2 15-ounce cans of black beans cooked in salt, slightly drained 1 15.25-ounce can of whole kernel corn, drained For The Garnish (Optional) - Lime juice Fresh cilantro, chopped Red onion, diced Tortilla chips Ripe avocado, cubed Hot sauce Non-dairy sour cream (or cashew crema) DIRECTIONS: 1) Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, onion, pepper, a pinch each salt, and pepper, and stir. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent and the peppers have a bit of color. 2) Add cumin and chili powder and stir to coat. Then add salsa, vegetable stock, and coconut sugar. Stir to combine, then increase heat to medium heat and bring to a low boil. 3) Once it’s boiling, add black beans and corn, and stir. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered for 30 minutes or more, stirring occasionally. 4) Serve as is or with recommended serving options above. Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator for 5 - 6 days, or in the freezer for 1 month.
Korean Girls Try Mexican Soda For The First Time!
Just when that whole YouTube trend of sampling foods from different cultures was losing its sparkle to me, Digitalsoju TV had to go ahead and introduce Korean girls to Jarritos. I've been wanting to write a card about Jarritos for a while now, as it's one of those Mexican sodas that are an essential part of the culture of Mexican cuisine. Sure, you can talk about Baja California seafood or the delicious carnes of central Mexico's ranching region, but what would that deliciousness be without a cold, fizzy Jarritos on the side? If you don't know Jarritos, it's an incredibly popular Mexican soda brand that's made with cane sugar and comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry, guava, pineapple, and tamarind. In this video, the girls end up sampling the pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and guava flavors, but how does Jarritos translate in the Land of the Morning Calm? Let's look! Like any good soda, the first thing they notice is it's full of sugar. And then they all realize they're obsessed with the guava one. My favorite was the homegirl going too hard on the grapefruit. This one had her ranking all figured out. Does it match yours? Overall, these girls all agreed that Jarritos was delicious - and would be even more delicious mixed with a little vodka! You can check out their FULL commentary - plus their opinion on Squirt! - in the embedded video above. And then let me know: What's YOUR favorite Mexican soda flavor? And if you haven't tried Jarritos before, which flavor would YOU want to try? @bangtanboysfan1 @AnnahiZaragoza @fabiola12fb @abiersack666 @YeseniaLira @DianaKpop58 @reyestiny93 @AdaliaMartinez @exokpop12385 @michellefuentes @perlaaraujo73 @jessicacruz1480 @DulceOjeda @giselacampos14 @wuyifanslover @nevershoutnancy @mirandazamira @jooheony @YeseniaF @SunnyV @IlseJimenez @KpopGaby @NelyJoss @aabxo @aliciasalinas @ThyaremyCreator @Cuetlatchli @Sunflower18 @purplem00n23 @jannatd93 @Luci546 @ALEXCAMACHO @TehDL @buddyesd @JocelynPacheco @SarahRegulski @MyAffairWith @FelipeZambrano @LindaGuandique @KassyGuz96 @XDLP @alywoah @FelipeZambrano