Mexican Black Bean Casserole

This is an excellent side dish or main course. It will serve fewer people if you serve it as a main dish.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutesDifficulty: Easy


Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • Juice of 1 medium lime
  • Juice of ½ medium lemon
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro, plus 6 sprigs for garnish
  • 2 oz. rum
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) black beans
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup grated Cheddar cheese

Directions

  • Fry the bacon, drain on paper towels, and crumble. Set aside
  • To the same pan, add the beef, onion, garlic, and peppers and sauté over medium heat until soft.
  • Add the cooked bacon, lime juice, lemon juice, tomatoes, salt, black pepper, coriander, cinnamon, chopped cilantro, rum, and black beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Serve with sour cream and Cheddar cheese. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.