Spicy Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Spicy Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Staff Writer

Cooking Planit

Spicy and fresh, this is a perfect side dish for taco night or an easy "chips and dip" appetizer. This dish packs some heat. Cut back on the chipotle peppers for a more mild taste if you prefer.
 

Ingredients

  • 1  Cup  corn on the cob
  • 1  Cup  black beans, canned
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2/3  Cups  queso blanco
  • 1  Tablespoon  honey
  • 2/3  Cups  fresh cilantro
  • 1/4  Cup  fresh lime juice
  • roma tomatoes
  • 1  Tablespoon  adobo sauce from can of chipotles
  • 2  Tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Stand the corncob upright on one end and use a knife to carefully shave the kernels off the cob. Place in a large bowl.

Strain the black beans through a colander, then rinse with cold water. Pat dry, then add the indicated amount to the bowl of corn.

Dice tomatoes, then add to corn mixture.

Prepare a food processor with the blade attachment.

Slice open chipotle peppers and scoop out seeds. Place peppers in food processor along with adobo sauce from the can. Avoid touching your face when handling peppers, and wash hands immediately after.

Trim cilantro leaves from the stems. Pack the measuring cup full, then add to the food processor along with the honey and fresh lime juice.

Process until mixture is almost smooth, then, with motor running, drizzle in olive oil. 

Stop and scrape sides, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into bowl of corn and black beans.

Stir corn and black bean mixture until sauce is well incorporated, then fold in the queso blanco.

Check final seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Transfer spicy black bean and corn salsa to a serving bowl or dinner plates. Ready to eat!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
22g
31%
Sugar
7g
8%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
54mg
18%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
21g
46%
Vitamin A, RAE
62µg
9%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
274mg
27%
Choline, total
50mg
12%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
48µg
12%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
53mg
17%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
333mg
48%
Selenium, Se
21µg
38%
Sodium, Na
506mg
34%
Water
122g
5%
Zinc, Zn
3mg
38%

Black Bean Shopping Tip

Legumes are high in a number of nutrients, especially protein and fiber – filling you up with relatively few calories.

Black Bean Cooking Tip

Beans are done when they can be easily mashed with a fork – make sure to test a few in case they have not cooked evenly.