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black bean and vegetable bake – smitten kitchen


Word: This makes so much! We find yourself consuming it for at the very least two days. After we run out of chips, we find yourself scooping it onto small flour tortillas, closing the taco to dip to taco loop, you may say. You possibly can make half the dish in a 2-quart baking dish or 8-inch spherical ovenproof skillet. Or, you can also make all of it, freeze half earlier than melting the cheese on high and baking the remaining proper now. Future you is fairly glad you considered it.

  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 massive onion, diced small
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 contemporary jalapeño or habanero pepper, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 teaspoon floor cumin
  • 2 to three teaspoons floor chili powder (to style)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, or 2 to three cans Rotel
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup corn kernels, contemporary (from 1 ear), canned and drained, or frozen (no have to thaw)
  • 4 ounces child spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, halved
  • 3/4 cup crumbled cotija cheese
  • 6 to eight ounces (1 1/2 to 2 cups) coarsely grated monterey jack or pepper jack cheese
  • Tortilla chips
Warmth your largest ovenproof skillet or sauté pan over medium-high warmth. As soon as sizzling, add oil, and as soon as the oil is sizzling, add the onion, garlic, jalapeño, and bell pepper and prepare dinner till the the components start to melt, 4 to five minutes. Add the cumin, first 2 teaspoons chili powder, and tomato paste, and prepare dinner for 1 minute. Add diced tomatoes and let simmer for 1 minute, then add the beans and simmer for two to three minutes. Style the combination and add salt; I discover I want between 2 to three teaspoons of kosher salt (Diamond model) to get the extent proper however alter it to your style. Add final 1 teaspoon chili powder if wanted to your desired warmth stage. Add the corn and spinach and stir till the spinach has wilted and the whole lot is heat. Style for seasoning once more and alter as wanted. Squeeze juice of half a lime over.

In the meantime, warmth your oven’s broiler, and if it doesn’t have a broiler, warmth it as sizzling because it goes.

In case your skillet isn’t ovenproof, pour combination right into a baking dish. Combine jack and cotija cheeses and sprinkle combination over the beans. [The smaller amount of jack cheese covers the pan less thickly than shown here, and allows more sauce to bubble through. The larger amount is never unwelcome.] Switch to broiler and prepare dinner till cheese is melted and browned on high. Eat immediately with tortilla chips, sizzling sauce of your selection, and when you’re me, a squeeze of juice from the second half of the lime.

Do forward: Whereas the entire dish reheats nicely in a 350°F oven, when you’re planning to eat it later, I’d wait to place the cheese on till proper earlier than you serve it as a result of cheese is at its most stretchy/gooey the primary time it melts.

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