A few weeks ago, one of my very best friends moved in with a wonderful man–and I couldn’t be happier for them. In fact, when it came time for their housewarming, I wanted to make something really special to bring to the party.
Now, I’m Cuban but Jesse and I (the friend in question) have an ongoing joke about me being Mexican thanks to a drunken comment made by him years ago. It’s too hard to explain, but suffice it to say that I knew making a Mexican-inspired dish was the way to go. And with it being a party, I wanted something that would be easy for people to munch on–and somehow came up with this Mexican Bean, Corn & Kale Salsa with Chorizo.
When I started out, I knew two things: I wanted the dish to be inspired by Mexican flavors and I wanted the dish to be party-friendly, so how did this thing come together? Well, to be honest, most of my recipes start out with a peek into my pantry.
Immediately, I found black beans, corn and diced tomatoes. That was a great start, but I had been incorporating more and more kale into my diet and somehow decided that putting some into my salsa was a good idea, too. But I knew that wouldn’t be enough.
Finally, it hit me: chorizo and cotija! Adding some sausage and cheese to this salsa is sure to give it some depth, flavor and, to be honest, interesting coloring. I can’t say that I have ever eaten a salsa like this before–and neither had anyone else! Something told me that this salsa was going to be a big hit, and it was. Thank goodness, too, because the party was pretty great as well. Now I just need another excuse to make this again!
- ½ bunch kale, stems removed & chopped
- 1 (15.5 ounce) can of black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 (15.25 ounce) can of corn, drained (I used fiesta corn with red & green peppers)
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes (I used ones with chipotle chilies)
- 4 ounce cotija cheese, chopped into small chunks
- 2 chorizo sausages (about 2 ounces each), halved & quartered
- 1 bunch cilantro, minced
- 1 cup salsa verde
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well with a large spoon. Serve with whole wheat tortilla chips.
Have you ever put dark, leafy greens into your salsa?
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