Here is the first favorite black bean recipe. These are much like the ones on the appetizer menus at a couple of my favorite restaurants. I found a few different recipes that came close and adapted them to create this one. The number of ingredients may make these seem a little complicated but they are really fairly easy. They work well to make in bulk and freeze. From the freezer they make a quick dinner for the family or a little snack for one.
SOUTHWEST EGG ROLLS
2 tbsp. oil
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 bunches green onions, finely chopped
Saute in a large frying pan until tender and then add:
4 cups, cooked chicken, chopped
2 cups corn
4 cups black beans, cooked (2 cans will work)
6-8 oz. frozen spinach. thawed and drained
2 tbsp. jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 tbsp. taco seasoning
Cook for a few minutes, and then add:
1 8 oz. package cream cheese
2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
Stir until cheese is melted and remove from heat.
Cook or warm 32-36 tortillas.
Spread 1/4 cup of the filling onto each tortilla, fold in sides and roll up.
Place the rolls on a baking sheet.
If freezing, place filled baking sheet in freezer until frozen and then transfer rolls to a labeled freezer bag.
If baking immediately, spray rolls with cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Slice in half and serve with dipping sauce.
To bake after frozen, place on baking sheet, spray rolls with cooking spray and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or microwave 2-4 minutes.
Easy Dipping Sauces:
1 cup ranch dressing
1/2 cup salsa
1 cup ranch dressing
1 avocado, peeled and crushed
*The green onions can be replaced with 1/2 of a regualr onion or 2 tbsp. dried onion.
*Jalapenos can be fresh or canned.
*I have also used colby jack or cheddar cheese and I like them all.
*The secret ingredient that makes these so great is fresh tortillas. I buy them at a local Sam's Club, cook them on a griddle, and then fill them while they are warm. They roll easier and have a much better texture and taste than regular tortillas.
*Spraying the rolls with cooking spray is an alternative for frying. It gives them a crisp outer shell without the mess or fat content of all the oil.