“It only burns for a little while.”

One of the things that people find out when they first go to a restaurant that serves food in the southwestern style is that the food isn’t hot (see spicy).  That would be some Thai and Chinese  food.  Even then a person can request the degree of heat that they want.

At a Mexican restaurant the hot sauce is on the side for those who want to add some spice to their life.  I love southwestern food, even when it’s Americanized.  So here’s something to tickle your fancy if you also fancy Tex-Mex.


hamburger patties

1 T olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 small red onion, diced

1 to 2 red bell peppers, chopped

tomato or two, chopped

2 cups cooked black beans, canned or made from scratch

2 cups shredded cheddar or slices of American cheese

cilantro, chopped, for garnish, optional


In a large skillet saute the garlic, onion, and peppers in the olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the black beans and tomatoes and warm it up.  Transfer this montage of goodness to a bowl.

At this point place the hamburger patties into the pan, adding more oil if necessary, and cook them to your favorite doneness.  (Is that a word?)

Turn the heat to low and top the patties with the montage of goodness and some cheese.  Cover the pan so the cheese will melt.  I really prefer the American singles, but whatever.

Garnish with cilantro before serving, if desired.


Some of the amazing goodies that could grace your montage.

Of course, you could also substitute chicken breast for the beef patties.  Or even tofu if that’s your bent.  And you know that you’re only a few steps away from Cowboy Caviar.  Let’s hear it for crazy!


This is also salsa.

I love the happy vicissitudes of life!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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