(A side note before the schpiel on black beans: Cinco de Mayo, is not, as many, perhaps even most, Americans believe, Mexican Independence Day. That is actually September 16. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates a Mexican victory over the French in the regional Battle of Puebla. But hey, it's an excuse to eat great Mexican food, so what do we care?)
Okay, moving on. Black beans.
I love black beans. Anytime I have the option of black or pintos, I will choose black.
Black bean quick facts:
- Black beans are a good natural source of antioxidants.
- Black beans are very popular not only in Mexican cuisine, but in most Latin American countries, including Brazil and Cuba.
- They are a good source of fiber and protein.
- They prevent blood sugar levels from rising too quickly after a meal, making them a good food for diabetics. (I'm actually very glad to know that if I ever have to deal with diabetes that I can still eat black beans, and lots of them.)
Southwestern Crockpot Chicken
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small bag frozen corn
2 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
1 jar salsa
Put ingredients in crock pot in order. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Pull chicken out, shred it, mix it back into the crock pot. Let sit for another 1/2 hour. Garnish with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.
Happy cooking, and please post by Sunday night!