Last night just before calling it a day, I remembered that we had a potluck arranged at work today to celebrate a colleague’s birthday. The theme was tacos. I had promised to make something too. I had plans of making enchiladas, but I certainly didn’t have that sort of time or energy or for that matter, ingredients. I conversed with myself for the next couple minutes.
‘I’ll just buy a pack of taco shells from the grocery store on the way to work’
‘but come on, someone would have thought of that! Its a taco party afterall. How lame.’
‘How about some chips?’
‘So, what was Tanya getting? Didnt she mention buying chips? Wish I could remember’
‘I wonder if anybody is getting anything vegetarian. I should have peeked into the sign up sheet.’
‘How about buying a cake on the way to work? Dessert need not be Mexican.’
‘Maria bakes one everytime we have a potluck. No one is going to touch the cake bought from the store when there is a home-made one around. Actually, I hope she gets her cake. It has been a while since I have had her’s.’
‘How about making bean salsa? I think I have everything I need in my pantry. Let me check.’
As, I hurried downstairs, hubby enquired what the deal was
‘Have a taco party at work tomorrow. Going down to see what I can make’.
‘Make? Now? Are you crazy? I just cleaned up the stovetop and you want to mess it up again? Why dont you just buy some tacos on the way to work tomorrow?’
‘Really? Thanks. I wont touch the stove…I promise’
Bean and corn salsa is a recipe I got from one of my husband’s colleagues. The first time I had it at her place, I could’nt believe how good it tasted. I just had to have the recipe and she was kind enough to email it to me the very next day. Since then, I usually keep a couple cans of black beans and corn handy. The recipe called for 2 cans of black beans and one can of whole kernal corn. I had the corn, but just one can of black bean.
‘I’ll make do and work with what I have. It is too late to start another conversation with myself.’
With that, I got to work. Pulled out my food processor and the ingredients:
Black beans – 2 cans (I used just one for the lack of supplies)
Whole corn Kernals – 1 can (You can use fresh corn, but it tastes the same)
Red onion – 1 large
Cilantro – 1/2 bunch (about 1/2 cup chopped)
Cherry tomatoes – 2 cups ( I used 2 medium roma tomatoes. Didn’t have cherry tomatoes)
Jalapeno pepper slices – 1/3 cup for Indian spice (I used less than 1/4 cup , considering the American crowd at work)
Key limes – 4-5 nos.
Drain the corn and put it directly into your serving bowl. Add the Black bean as it is. Do not drain it out. Finely chop onions and add it to the bean-corn mix. Put the jalapenos, cilantro and tomatoes into the food processor and chop them up coarsely. Add this to the bowl. Finally squeeze in at least 4 -5 limes (about 1/4 cup). Mix all this together and the salsa is ready. Extra salt will not be needed since the bean and corn are already salted. Add if required. The flavour of lime may seem overpowering at first, but it softens down after a while. Serve with lime flavoured tortilla chips. It was a big hit at our potluck today and everone thought it could be called a salsa that was also a salad.