spicy summer salsa

August 20, 2009

Spicy Summer Salsa

We bought four corn cobs (is that even what they’re called?) last week at the princely sum of 25 cents a piece! Holler! According to Mr. Mark Bittman, late summer is the best time to make my favorite corn salad/salsa so tonight I got down to it!
I’ve been making variations on this salsa all summer long and I love it! You can eat it as is over salad greens, use it as salsa with tortilla chips, add it to a wrap, or include it in a Mexican plate of love (alongside, say rice and grilled chicken). It’s super versatile.
A side note worthy of mention is that I buy my beans dry and cook them myself. I highly recommend doing this folks! Why?
1) It means there’s no added salt or whatever
2) It’s cheaper
3) It’s better for the environment (no can to throw out)
4) It’s easy!

Do you need another reason? They taste better!

Seriously, it’s super easy though:

  • Before you go to bed place one cup dried beans in a pan, cover with about an inch of tepid water and put a lid on it. Go to sleep!
  • In the morning, drain the beans (they’ll have expanded and turned the water all black – my fave part!) and rinse them in a strainer.
  • Cover them with the same amount of water again and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down so that the water is simmering and cook for 45 mins – an hour.
  • Voila! Makes about 2 cups cooked beans.

You can’t get more simple than that. So, hit up your bulk food section friends!
Here’s tonight’s Spicy Summer Salsa:

Pretty as a rainbow.

This included:
  • 4 tablespoons diced raw onion
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup sweetcorn, fresh off the cob
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 chipotle peppers, diced and in their adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon diced hot peppers
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1/2 a fresh tomato
  • salt and pepper

I’ll most certainly be adding fresh avocado when I indulge as well. Happy days.

What simple recipe have you turned to time and again this summer?
This is mine!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Holly August 20, 2009 at 10:09 pm

looks amazing – black bean salsa is my fave! happy day love :)

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Emily August 21, 2009 at 12:29 am

yummmm that looks delish and def similar to what i've been eating…but more original! chipotles, fresh tomatoes, and green pepper would be an awesome addition to mine! noted. and i'll have to give the dry beans a try. number 2 and 3 would have to be my favorite reasons…really, number 2!

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Thinspired August 21, 2009 at 3:05 am

I have never cooked beans from dry and always bought them canned! I've been wanting to try it but have been scared for some reason. Now I feel like I can give it a go :)

I have hardly cooked (as in, actual recipes) at all this summer! Looking back, it's been mostly food prep and nothing fancy at all. Your summer salsa looks great though, maybe there is still enough summer left for me to try it ;)

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Alison August 21, 2009 at 5:29 am

I just made black bean and corn salsa last night too. :)

I too also cook my own beans. Not all the time but a good majority of the time… I like it for all the reasons you mentioned but because you also escape the whole "BPA" issue with canned foods. But OH YEAH it is way cheaper to cook them yourself too. With enough planning it's no big deal.

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Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) August 21, 2009 at 7:00 am

Seriously, that salsa sounds incredible! I love all the flavor combinations. YUM!

I've been repeatedly turning to simple pasta recipes for this summer, I have to say. Especially the really simple ones, like garlic, tomato, pasta and basil. Love the simple flavors, and it's just so quick and easy! :D

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insideiamdancing August 21, 2009 at 7:58 am

That looks delicious! I've never used dried beans- I read that they can be toxic if they aren't cooked exactly right so a little scared…

My usual summer go-to recipe is the same as my winter one. A twist on ratatouille. Difference being in the vegetables used and that during summer, I eat it cold on salads…winter, I add beans and eat it with rice/pasta.

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Leianna August 21, 2009 at 8:03 am

OMG that salsa looks amazing! I'm a salsa pro and grew up with my parents canning it every year and they make fresh too. So I want to make yours and share it with them because it looks so good!
Simply recipe this summer: smoothies!

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Erica August 21, 2009 at 8:58 am

mmmmmmmmmmmm I am loving your dinner pasta and the summer salad. That summer salad contains a lot of my favorite ingredients. I'm pretty simple in terms of my summer go to's- I love fresh fruits (plain), baked peaches, baked summer squash, grilled summer veggies!

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K from ksgoodeats August 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

I'm currently obsessing over black bean salsa and yours looks fantastic!

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april August 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

Yummy recipe! We buy all of our beans dry- garbanzos, black beans, pinto beans, and my dad makes them in the pressure cooker!

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Karena August 21, 2009 at 9:22 am

Yuuummm! You really can't go wrong with Bittman! This summer I've been doing a lot of variations of a brown rice salad bowl and a quinoa dish w/lime and veggies. I actually didn't even realize it until just now!

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mponz August 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

yummmmm Lovin' the Black Bean and Corn Spicy Summer Salsa. I make one almost identical to it. It is so tasty & I can never get enough of it!
Your quick dinner of Pasta looks delicious! I love enjoying a glass of red wine along with my dinner. It makes it that much more enjoyable!!!

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janetha August 21, 2009 at 11:24 am

i knew this was going to be a good one when i saw the title. i thought, "i like spicy, i like summer, i like salsa!" your dessert has me craving some AB i think i will have to indulge in some tomorrow. it has been a rough time giving up the nut butters during the week but i think my waistline is thanking me ;) haha.. corn cobs. i love it, i think the proper term would be "ears of corn" but from here on out, corn cobs it is! i have never cooked beans from the dry state. i wonder why. the sodium content would be SO much better for me. once i eat my way through my costco sized case of black beans i will ask you the best way to prepare them from dry. what about garbanzos? you get those dry too? oh shit thanks to the live commenting i now see that you gave me a step by step how-to, so disregard what i just said about telling me how to do it. i have loved up on some cold couscous salads this summer as well as the obvious protein shakes, not really recipes, more like concoctions! xo.

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Janetha August 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

i just got an email while i was leaving this comment about the foodbuzz festival in san fran in november, it is $350 to attend but free for featured publishers. um let's go! ha!

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platipus329 August 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Tuna salad sandwiches–I'm so glad I discovered them this summer because they're perfect for dorm rooms

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brandi August 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

thanks so much for the comment on my blog! I can't wait to read more of yours :)

and that salad sounds great! We love grilling anything…so grilled meats, veggies, fruits, all of it during the summer is a mainstay.

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Jenny August 21, 2009 at 4:41 pm

nom nom nom nothin' like some pasta to warm the heart and soul — looks to die for miss thing!

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Susan August 21, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Hmm, I call it corn on the cob? I didn't know it was best this time of year! Thanks for that little nugget :D Usually I'm all over the homemade salsa this time of year, but my life is madness since I'm moving in a week. Recipes will have to wait!

In the winter, I make huge pots of chili every few weeks. And sometimes I even make the beans myself ;)

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traveleatlove August 21, 2009 at 7:09 pm

That salsa looks great! And please send some October weather to Boston, today was HOT!
I love corn this time of year, cooked for a couple of minutes, no butter. The right corn is so sweet. And heirloom tomatoes. I could eat them with anything, especially in an easy salad or raw pasta sauce.

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healthyfitmama August 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm

That salsa looks delish! This summer, I've been all about salads of any kind – grilled chicken salads, taco salads, etc. So easy to make, and easy to clean up!

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Meredith (Pursuing Balance) August 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

That salsa looks amazing! I love all the colors!

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burpandslurp August 21, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I always buy beans dry, too! It is so much cheaper, and i find canned beans rather mushy, and TOO salty indeed!

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Jules August 22, 2009 at 8:48 am

That salsa looks so good! I love homemade salsa, it always tastes so much better. I always called them "ears of corn" but I like corn cob better :)

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lilveggiepatch August 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for the salsa recipe! It looks delish, and a perfect way to hang on the ends of summer :-)

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