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Southwest Succotash

Ah, good ol’ succotash!  An American classic that has been served on supper tables for decades and, for some reason, is one of my favorite words to say.  Today though, we’re giving the southern staple quite a southwestern twist!  The added ingredients of avocado, black beans and jalapeno are balanced out with a tangy and sweet vinaigrette.  Now, by all means, please add in the original versions most popular ingredient, lima beans (I really do like them).  Though, I suppose they can be optional and given there are still beans in the mix, no one will be the wiser…

 

The Starting Lineup

  • 2 cups cooked/grilled corn, fresh or frozen *grilled fresh is ideal
  • 2 avocados, cut into 1/2″ cubs
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped 
  • 1/2 cup frozen, thawed lima beans (optional)

Vinaigrette

  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime, plus zest
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper, each or to taste

 

In a large bowl, combine the prepared vegetables and beans.  In a small separate bowl, whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients.  Make sure to taste for seasoning (i.e. more salt? pepper?  Maybe an added tablespoon of honey?)

Pour the dressing over the corn salad, toss to coat and chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.  Serving suggestion:  Plate under grilled chicken, steak or fish or serve with tortilla chips.

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Southwest Goulash

Growing up in Arizona I know what southwest flavors are…if you’ve ever been to the beautiful city of Sedona then you really know!  Also growing up, we ate lots of goulash, like LOTS.  It’s a yummy and inexpensive meal that feeds a family, right?  So I decided to combine the two and give that extra bit of flavor from home into my new home of the equally beautiful Texas.  It really didn’t disappoint..even the leftovers are gone!  Score!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 cup (8oz) macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup corn, from frozen
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can diced Mexican-style tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra Virginia olive oil

Garnish (optional)

  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Jalapeño slices    

Start this one pot meal by adding a tbsp of olive oil to a large pan or dutch oven on medium heat.  Add in the ground beef and stir occasionaly to brown and cook through. 

Meanwhile, chop up the veggies, rinse the beans, etc. 🙂

 

Now that the meat it cooked, skim off excess grease and then add in the onions, jalapeńo, garlic, cumin and the taco seasoning packet.  Sauté and stir often for 3-4 minutes (or until onions are slightly soft).


Next add in the corn, beans, canned and chopped tomatoes  (salt & pepper to taste) and give a toss.

 

Directly after, add in the uncooked pasta noodles and 1 1/2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15-20 minutes, till noodles are slightly tender. 

 

While the noodles are cooking in your one-pot wonder, you can get the garnish’s ready!  Again, we like cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeños, etc.. 


Now that it’s done (quick right??), spoon a good helping into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings!  Enjoy!! 

  

  

Southwest Sausage Skillet (one pot meal)

Do you crave a bit of a ‘kick ‘to the flavor of your dinner?  Possible something that could stretch into leftovers all while being easyand FAST to prepare??  Whelp…here you go my friend!  It has a bit of heat from the spices and garnishes, savory from the sausage and broth and that rice fills everyone up!

This quick dinner is awesome since most of the ingredients may already be on hand, no store run needed (excellent)….and if not for dinner, this is also a great side dish for any pot luck party!

Plus, feel free to make this YOUR own!  If you like different veggies, add them!  If you want to add in a can of green chilies, please do!! (That’d be great in this by the way! ;))

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 lb pork sausage
  • 2 cups instant rice 
  • 2 cups chicken broth (or water)
  • 1 can Bush’s Grillin Beans (Black Bean Fiesta)
  • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes 
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • EVOO
  • Salt & ground pepper

Spices (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp each chili powder, cumin, coriander (to taste)

Garnish (optional)

  • Sour cream
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Salsa
  • Avocado slices
  • Cilantro 

In a large skillet, heat about 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to medium heat.  Once that’s ready, add in the red onion and bell peppers (with a pich of salt) and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Step one is done!

   Next, add in the pound of sausage (another pinch of salt & pepper) to the same skillet as the sweated vegetables and cook completely.  Raw sausage is rather gross ;).   *Here is where you can kick it up with the optional spices.  If you choose not too (and that’s ok ;), don’t fret because the beans and tomatoes both have lots of flavor!

   After the sausage has cooked through, pour both the canned beans and tomatoes in the SAME skillet still and stir together.

 Finally, pour in the uncooked INSTANT rice and chicken broth (or water).  Stir, bring to a low boil, stir, cover and set to low/simmer.  The rice will only take about 5-10 minutes to soften.  *If you’re feeding a large crowd/family, add in one extra cup of rice and an extra cup of broth/water.

     After the 5-10 minutes is up, layer that shredded cheddar cheese right on top, re-cover and remove from heat.  After just a couple of minutes it will have melted and be ready to serve!!

     Spoon the cheesy, rice & sausage skillet meal onto a plate and garnish with your favorite southwestern toppings!!  Enjoy!

 

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