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Southwestern Beans n Rice

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Serves 6-10 | Prep Time 1 day | Cook Time 3-4hrs

Why I Love This Recipe

I call it Southwestern because someone gave me a metric crap-ton (not really, but a LOT) of packets of Old El Paso taco seasoning, so I've been getting creative in using them. We all know I am a HUGE fan of beans n rice of all shapes, colors and sizes. This is the Old El Paso taco seasong packet version of such... and it was GUUUUUUUUD.

Ingredients You'll Need

1lb mixed Beans- I used Black, Red, Kidney, Canellini, Garbanzo and Pinto; soaked in 2qts water overnight and picked over
2qts +/- water
Salt & Pepper
Bay Leaf
1/2lb ground Beef/Pork/Veal- your choice or combo of
1 Onion, diced
1 Jalapeno, chopped
2-3 cloves Garlic, chopped
1 ear fresh Corn, cut from cob
2pkgs Old El Paso Taco Seasoning (or your favorite)
1lb+/- cooked white Rice (you can do this ahead of time or use leftover)
Cheddar Cheese, shreds- for garnish


* Add soaked beans and water in large pot; salt & pepper and add bay leaf.

* Bring to boil, then cover, turn heat to low and simmer 3-4hrs til tender.

* Meanwhile, as beans approach being done, begin browning meat in a little olive oil.

* Add onion, pepper and garlic as meat begins to brown, and cook meat thru til no longer pink and onion is translucent, pepper tender. Drain off excess fat if desired.

* Add Seasoning packets per directions; generally you add approx 1/4-1/3c water along w/seasoning.

* Add corn kernals; cook per packet directions til sauce from seasoning packets thickens slightly and flavors are absorbing.

* Add entire skillet of seasoned meat and corn to cooking beans; season again w/salt & pepper to taste.

* Cover again and continue simmering til beans and corn are tender.

* Serve over rice. Sprinkle a little shredded sharp cheddar over individual servings as a garnish.

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