Black beans are a healthy and versatile food. They make a great substitute for part of the meat in a recipe, are a great diet food and a very popular ingredient in many main dishes and dips and snacks. You can open a can of black beans whenever you need a few for a recipe you are making and possibly waste the rest, or for dollar or two you can cook a pot of black beans, rinse with cold water, drain well and spread on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment and flash freeze. Store them in a ziploc bag in your freezer and you can take out as few or as many as you wish. Mix them with salsa and corn relish for a fun dip or add to any recipe in any amount. They are inexpensive and can be bought in bulk for around 75¢ a pound. A great way to save time and money. Below is a favorite recipe using Black Beans.
BLACK BEAN SALSA
2 c. black beans, cooked, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 can petite diced tomatoes with chipotle chilies
1 green pepper chopped
¼ medium Red onion chopped
½ c. Italian salad dressing
1 diced avocado (optional)
Drain beans & corn. Mix all ingredients. Add Avocado just before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.