Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Three Bean Mexican Standoff by Michael Saffle

Three Bean Mexican Standoff

This is a recipe for my much drooled over lunch I have been eating this week at work. My Three Bean Mexican Standoff (AKA Mexican Sweat and Mexican Surprise) is extremely easy to make. That's going to be a theme for all my recipes FYI. You need a BFP (Big Freakin' Pan) and strong arm muscles because this gets heavy. 

  • 1 lbs. of ground chuck. (I like using bison but anything will do.)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning. (I like the chipotle flavored one but I also like the low-sodium options.) 
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 small yellow onion (diced/chopped)
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of black beans (you can use pinto or another if using black refried) 
  • 1 can of refried beans (black or pinto)
  • 2 cans of red (or black) beans and rice
  • salsa
  • sliced jalapeño peppers (fresh are best but canned are OK)
  • shredded taco/Mexican cheese
  • a healthy amount of Tabasco Habanero sauce or your favorite fire sauce. 
  • sour cream if you like that kind of thing
  • a cold glass of milk (see the warning at the end)
  • brown the meat then drain and add taco powder and water. Stir until most of the water has evaporated. 
  • add chopped onion,  jalapeño peppers and Tabasco sauce. Stir for a minute or so. 
  • add drained and cleaned beans. Stir a lot more.
  • add refried beans and stir like a sonuvabitch.
  • if you have room in the pot, include the beans and rice somewhere between adding the onion and the refried beans. I don't have anything this big so I heat the beans and rice separately. 
  • Dish out (this will make about 4 meals or so)
  • add salsa and cheese and sour cream on top before serving. 
Warning: Have milk readily available just in case you get a little too overzealous with the hot sauce. Water makes it worse. 

Chef Michael

1 comment:

Steve said...

This would go well with my homemade guacamole (okay, Alton Brown's guacamole that I adapted)... recipe to follow if we ever figure out how to get our blogs linked up.