Chili con Carne with Beans

Chili Con Carne with Beans

This recipe for Chili con Carne with Beans is a simple and easy way to make a pot of chili that uses canned roast beef in place of the usual hamburger.  It’s simple, delicious, and loaded with flavor.  Because this recipe uses a large number of canned ingredients, it’s on the table in about 35 minutes. 

salad of beans with a sweet and sour dressing

Sweet and Sour Bean Salad

I decided that my 30 days of beans needed another bean salad.  For this one, I decided to switch up the flavors and try something new.   I selected beans that would create a pretty color combination–garbanzo, edamame, and kidney beans.   I added onion to enhance their flavor.  I believe that onions and beans are a natural pairing. I combined all of the beans and the onion in a bowl. For the dressing, I opted for  Catalina dressing (or red French) dressing.  To this, I added some black pepper, and seasoned rice vinegar.  I didn’t add salt because the canned […]

kidney bean and corn salad

Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

This salad was supposed to be made with black beans, but I made a little mistake.  When I was preparing the salad, I inadvertently grabbed and opened a can of kidney beans instead of black beans.  With that one error, this salad changed from what I had imagined to something deliciously different.  I used the techniques from my faux homemade salsa recipe to give the illusion that this dish was more complicated to prepare, but there’s a minimum of chopping required for the recipe.  The entire dish can be assembled in about 10 minutes. Many variations of this salad are […]

three bean salad featured photo

Three Bean Salad

The first time I ate three bean salad was in a restaurant on a family vacation.  The next time I encountered it was on a salad bar in a pizza parlor.  Stores sell it in jars and cans, but I have never tried to make it myself until today.  Probably, the best way to make this salad would be to cook the beans from scratch, but I wanted to make this as simple as possible. The only real work that was needed was to thinly slice some red onion and bell pepper.  We used half of a small-medium red onion.  […]