Baked Potatoes with Spicy Black Beans

Baked Potatoes with Spicy Black Beans

Baked potatoes that pack a twist and a punch! For a little southwest flair that spices up your dinner, try this yummy dish.

Cooking Time1 hr 15 min

Ingredients

  • 4 russet baking potatoes
  • 1 can black beans or red kidney beans, 15 oz.
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 jalapeno or other chili pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
     
  2. Scrub the potatoes and pierce the skin with a fork several times.
     
  3. Place the potatoes on a baking pan and bake for about one hour, until tender.
     
  4. Meanwhile, drain the beans, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid.
     
  5. In a medium saucepan heat the oil over medium heat.
     
  6. Add the onion, tomato, and jalapeno (if desired). Cook, stirring, for about 4 minutes.
     
  7. Stir in the beans, liquid, cumin, and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes more.
     
  8. To thicken, mash the beans against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon or place in a blender and process until smooth.
     
  9. Blend in the cilantro.
     
  10. Slit each potato down the center and fluff up the pulp.
     
  11. Spoon the beans over the top.

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This recipe looks really good, and is a great way to switch up a regular baked potato. You could make a few different toppings to offer your family, either two different types of beans, or different levels of spice - just add chili flakes or chopped jalapeno. The beans add protein to this meal, making it healthy and filling! This would go great with grilled corn on the cob or grilled veggie burgers!

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