Upgraded Chili Beans

Chili Beans | Cravings & Crumbs

Last weekend, probably like many of you, I was invited to a labor day potluck.  On the menu  was carne adovada from the most recent issue of Milk Street Magazine with my favorite sonoran style tortillas from Mi Abuelita Bonita.  Keeping with the Tex-Mex theme, I was told I could bring a “pinto bean side dish”.  My first thought was what is a pinto bean side dish besides plain pinto beans?  Keep in mind I’ve spent the past 6 years being indoctrinated into a Mexican family.  For special occasions they may make frijoles charros, a dish stewed with different cured meats and tomatoes, but I didn’t want more meats with the heavy meat main course.  Then my mind drifted to the canned chili beans my dad used to heat up as a quick addition to many Mexican meals he cooked when I was a kid.  They’re a nostalgic food for me and so I decided to recreate them – this time upgraded and from-scratch. Read More

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Fresh Masa Empanadas

Fresh Masa Empanadas | Cravings & Crumbs

These fresh masa empanadas have been hanging out on my list of recipes to post for far too long.  I made them on a rainy day back in March and they were so delicious that three of us devoured the entire batch before dinner time, yet  for various reasons they haven’t made it onto the blog until now.  Either I had just posted a Mexican recipe (if you can’t tell by now, I like Mexican food a lot), or the weather was too hot, or I had cooked something else that I was just so excited about that I couldn’t wait to post it.  But really, those excuses aren’t any good because there is no bad time to have freshly fried empanadas. Read More

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Black Bean Tostadas with Chipotle Crema

Black Bean Tostadas with Chipotle Crema

It’s Thursday which means you’ve made it over the hump and are sailing towards the weekend.  It also means you’re still two days away from leisurely cooking and cocktail hours – enter this ridiculously fast, cheap, vegetarian dinner to sustain you until you reach weekend indulgence.

Black Bean Tostadas with Chipotle Crema

These tostadas are simple, but still so satisfying.  They start with shallow fried corn tortillas (you can bake them if you prefer, they’ll just be a little bit drier), then you top them with refried black beans, a cilantro and lime slaw, cotija cheese, and a chipotle crema.  They are all at once crunchy, creamy, salty, refreshing, and satisfying.  Trust me – they seem basic, but you’re going to love them. Read More

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