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A Party Salsa That’s Sure to Be a Hit

Chicken With Salsa

I don’t often see a salsa recipe on a commercial products website that interests me, but I found one that is a tasty exception. It’s also surprisingly easy to make, mostly using ingredients found in your pantry. Here’s the procedure for Chipotle Black Bean Salsa:

Gather together the following items:

  • 1 can (14½ oz) diced tomatoes (I prefer petite diced)
  • 1 can (8¾ oz) whole kernel corn
  • 1 cup canned black beans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (or red)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro (or more, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick© Gourmet Collection Chipotle Chile Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Get out a medium mixing bowl and a fine-mesh strainer. Drain the tomatoes and corn and put into the bowl. Pour the beans into the strainer and rinse gently until water runs clear, then drain and add to the bowl. Stir these three ingredients gently together. Add the remaining ingredients and stir gently until well combined. Cover the bowl (plastic wrap or a tight-fitting light) and refrigerated until party time.

Wrap

This dip is more than a party snack. Mix it with seasoned ground beef, grated cheese and black olives and you’ve got a great soft-taco or wrap filling. It’s great alongside burritos, enchiladas or fajitas. You can even spoon it on top of a hearty chili for a festive look when friends are over. Pair it up with grilled chicken breasts and suddenly your bland bird is transported to Mexico. Make a big plate of nachos, with or without meat, and top with this salsa for a special treat.

A couple ways to vary this recipe is to substitute quartered pear or cherry tomatoes for the canned ones; you’ll need about two cups. Also, you can add a bit of green, yellow or red bell pepper; about ¼ of a pepper, finely minced.

I like to serve this concoction with a mixture of blue and yellow corn chips, for a nice visual contrast. My wife and I both like extra cilantro, so we usually add plenty; about double the recipe’s amount, actually. Adjust the chipotle powder to control the heat to your taste. If you’re having a big party, this recipe doubles nicely. In that case, don’t measure out 2 cups of canned black beans; just use 1 can…

Enjoy the (Chunky Smoky Salsa) Heat!

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