Another winner from Rick Bayless! I love chorizo, and this recipe stood out to me. It’s basically a soup, but a pretty thick one. With the greens, black beans, chorizo, chiles in adobo, and cheese, there are a lot of strong flavors present, but they go together really well. It was incredibly simple to make, and I put it together in about 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight meal. The chiles make it nice and spicy, and you can adjust the spiciness by adding more of less, depending on your taste. We both really loved this, and I know it will be a repeat dinner on the menu at our house!
Mexican Beans with Chorizo and Greens
Source: Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless
8 to 12 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo sausage, casing removed
10 ounces cleaned young spinach (about 10 cups) OR one 12-ounce bunch Swiss chard, thick lower stems cut off, leaves sliced crosswise into ½ inch strips (about 8 cups) (I used the Swiss chard)
Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained
1 to 2 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
½ cup crumbled Mexican queso fresco or other fresh cheese such as feta or goat cheese
½ cup chopped green onions or thin-sliced red onion, for garnish
In a medium-large heavy pot (such as a Dutch oven), cook the chorizo over medium heat, stirring regularly and breaking up clumps, until lightly browned and thoroughly done, about 8 to 10 minutes.
While the chorizo is cooking, place the spinach or Swiss chard in a microwaveable bowl, cover with plastic wrap, poke a few holes in the top and microwave on high until completely wilted, usually about 2 minutes for spinach, 3 minutes or so for Swiss chard. Uncover the bowl and set aside.
When the chorizo is ready, add the beans, chopped chipotles, and 1 ½ cups water. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Taste and season with salt, usually about ½ teaspoon, depending on the saltiness of the chorizo and beans. Add the wilted greens and let the mixture return to a boil.
Ladle into bowls and serve, passing the cheese and onion for each person to add.