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I don’t know about you, but I like to snack more than I like to eat actual meals. I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks and I don’t mean eating a banana. I like snacks that I can continuously munch on, like popcorn. So when my sister suggested black bean salsa, I figured I’d give it a try. This salsa is a great, healthy snack – assuming you don’t overdo the chips, of course.
This recipe calls for pineapple, but you could easily substitute it for something else. Sounds weird, but a peach would probably be good. You could also add avocados or cilantro to give it a bit more flavor. Actually, this entire recipe is very versatile. Sub in anything that you want, sub out anything that you don’t. Try substituting chipotle pepper for the smoked paprika.
The black bean salsa is incredibly easy to make. Although my recipe calls for chopping onions, tomatoes, and peppers, you can probably find most of those ingredients already chopped at the grocery store in the produce section. Everything else is canned. Simply toss everything together, throw some lemon juice on it, and enjoy.
This morning, I added a few spoonfuls of the Black Bean Salsa to my Honey Sriracha Oatmeal. It sounds like an odd combination, but it was actually quite good. (The salsa doesn’t taste like lime or pineapple, or anything that would mess with the flavor of the oatmeal). It made the oatmeal more filling and added some texture and protein to my breakfast. Sometimes you have to make do with what you got, right?
In addition to eating the salsa as a dip or on a salad, you could also top off some veggie tacos or Chickpea Flour Tamales.
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- 1 Can Black Beans, 15 oz
- 1 Can Corn, 15 oz
- 1 Can Pineapple Chunks, 8 oz
- 1 Tomato
- 1/2 Green Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Onion
- 1 Jalapeno
- 1 Tbs Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Juice from 1 lime.
- Dice the bell peppers, jalapeno, tomato and onion.
- Drain and rinse beans and corn, and drain the pineapple. I chopped the pineapple into smaller pieces, but that's optional.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Serve with chips or eat on a salad.
Feel free to use one whole bell pepper instead of two halves of different types of pepper.
For a more bold taste, add cilantro.