Wednesday, May 15, 2013

mexican skillet

As the days get warmer and the sun sticks around for a while longer, we start doing dinner a bit differently.  We might start up the grill, or I might make a big salad (salad is Fletcher's favorite meal- true story) or I throw whatever vegetables we have on hand into a skillet in various combinations.  I happened to have jalapeños, avocados and cilantro in the fridge, so I was either going to make guacamole or a skillet meal.  Since we had no chips, skillet it was!  There are no hard and fast rules about these meals, but here is what I put into this one.

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned would all work)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
3 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 small avocados, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
small bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 T olive oil
2 limes
1/2 cup prepared salsa

serve with tortillas, chips, or rice
serves 4

First I chopped and prepared all the vegetables.
Next I sautéed the onions and peppers in olive oil on medium heat for about 7 minutes, and added the garlic and jalapeños for an additional 3 minutes.  While those vegetables were sautéing, I lightly mashed the black beans with a fork, so they would mingle into the mixture a bit.
I added the beans, tomatoes, cilantro, corn, salsa, and the juice of one lime to the mixture, and turned down the heat to low, just warming them.  I turned off the heat, and added the sliced avocados on top right before serving.
Brian ate his mixture in a tortilla with cheese, extra hot sauce, and sour cream, and I had mine just in a bowl with the cheese and sour cream.  We both squeezed extra lime on top.  So quick, easy, and delicious!


  1. That looks super yummy! I love the avocados on top. And black beans are great too. This is a keeper. :)

    1. Thanks, Jo! Hope you enjoy :)

    2. I have pinned it...just got to get my butt in gear. ;)

  2. I love "so they would mingle into the mixture." How cute. I would love to mingle at your house for dinner any night of the week! You are an artist all the way around--love your meal creations! And anything Mexican. With cheese and sour cream. Great way to end it. :)

    1. Cheese and sour cream make everything better.

  3. I just love your photography and your meal looks amazing. Can we come eat with you? Also, tell me the secrets of how to get a child to love salad. Please and thank you. ;)

    1. Of course you can! Come on over! And I don't know how Fletcher started loving salad, but he just adores raw veggies. He's weird.

  4. Yummy - and everything with avocado makes me happy!

  5. Yummy, that looks perfect. I love how you left the avocados so big!

  6. So this has been in my head since you posted. Finally made it tonight for dinner. Super good!

    1. Oh good! I'm sure it's great with chicken, sausage or steak added too. Poor Brian has to be subjected to my vegetarian-ness.


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