At work, I have a huge project looming. It’s my first major project and the pressure I am feeling (all self imposed) is intense. I ate the bare minimum of calories and protein for both breakfast and lunch, easy, ready to go food I always have on hand. After hours of straight work, I decided I need to “clock” out for dinner and make something slightly more satisfying to the palate than string cheese and beef jerky and I love string cheese and beef jerky.
Then a thought came to me and I ran with it. I grabbed a bunch of ingredients and concocted a Mexican version of Pork n’ Beans. By far, this episode of “what can she make?” was a raging success. Flavor, healthy―mostly there is bacon in it, seasonings and spices, and high in protein. It was a perfect meal for me and a perfect side dish for you.
This was quick meal because I already had cooked bacon. When I make something and only use a few pieces of bacon, I will cook all of it and have it ready to go for another meal.
Mexican Pork n' Beans
- 2 cans pinto beans; 1 can drained and rinsed , 1 can with juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup onions; chopped (about 1/2 of a medium onion)
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper; chopped (about one medium-sized pepper)
- 2 cloves garlic; grated/minced
- 1 cup bacon; cooked and crumbled
- 1 heaping tbsp fresh cilantro; chopped
- Pinch of salt; +/- to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp cumin
- 1/8 chili powder
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
Add the olive oil to a pan and heat over medium-high.
Once the oil is heated, add the onions and bell peppers to the pan, stir and coat them in the oil.
Do not let them burn.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic and continue to stir.
Add the bacon and cilantro. Stir and cook for about one minute more.
Add both cans of beans, one being drained and rinsed and the other still with the liquid they were packed in. Mix in gently to the sautéing bacon and veggies.
Add the seasonings and chicken broth. Continue to stir gently.
Taste the seasonings and adjust as necessary.
Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy.