Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Tex Mex Black Bean & Sweet Potato Noms

Tonight's dinner was delicious!  It was also 100% an experiment, based on what we had in the fridge and cupboards.  Sometimes, the best dinners are the throw what you have in a pan and hope for the best experiments.

As the title of this post suggests, I did a Tex-Mex flavoured black bean and sweet potato. . . skillet? stir-fry? I'm not certain of the correct terminology, but here's what I did.

Figure out which carb you would like to serve the black bean-sweet potato mixture over.  We had ours over some rice, but it would also easily lend itself to being served in tacos or wrapped up in tortillas.

After that, you will need:
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tin black beans
a handful of cherry tomatoes (I used around 15 or so), quartered
1/4-1/2 sweet pepper (any colour), diced
1-2 tbsp tomato sauce or ketchup
Tex-Mex seasoning (I sprinkled in my own mixture of chili powder, thyme, cumin and garlic powder)
Any extra veggies you'd like to throw in (as we were eating, I started thinking that a 1/4-1/2 cup of corn kernels would have been a good addition)
Tex-Mex-y items to garnish (I only had sour cream & hot sauce on hand, but avocado, diced green onions, and shredded cheese would all work well)

If you've decided on rice, get it started on the stove, since this comes together pretty quickly.

In a large frying pan or skillet, heat some oil on medium heat and add your onion.
While your onion softens, stab your sweet potatoes all over and microwave for 3-5 minutes, until they're mostly, but not all the way cooked.
As the sweet potatoes are microwaving, drain and rinse your black beans, and then add them to the onions.
Let everything cook a minute or two and add your tomatoes.
Once your sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel and dice them, and throw them in the pan.
Add the sweet pepper, and any other optional veggies.
Add your Tex-Mex seasoning, give it a stir, let cook a minute or two, and then add a half cup of water and your tomato sauce/ketchup.
Then, just continue to cook until the liquid has cooked down into a saucy consistency.

Serve over your carbohydrate of choice, garnish with your condiment selection and enjoy!


  1. Looks good! I am obsessed with sweet potato right now - this would be a fun way to mix it up! Thanks for posting. :)