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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Grilled Sausage Tacos and Black Beans

When the weather turns warmer, I seize every opportunity to use the grill for cooking. Not only does grilling keep the kitchen cooler, but my family seems to enjoy the flavor of food off the grill more than if I had taken the same food from the stove. The same rule applies to food stuffed in between a soft, warm, flour tortilla -- the same food tastes better on a tortilla with guacamole and grilled peppers, than without. I use this thinkology to my favor by serving simple grilled and sliced chicken sausages with sauteed onions and peppers, guacamole on warm tortillas. With a side of black beans (or you can put them inside the tortilla, if you like), and some fresh fruit, it's an easy and nutritious summer meal.

No recipe is really necessary but I have written down the recipe for some easy black beans, as well as the ingredients and method I used for the "tacos." You are certainly not limited to chicken sausages (I like them because they are tasty and fairly nutritious). You could try chorizo or andouille for a little kick.

Alternately, you could add some Fried Potatoes to the meal instead of beans.

Grilled Sausage Tacos and Black Beans
serves 8

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two packages chicken sausages -- any flavor you like (I look for something with roasted garlic and/or roasted red pepper -- I can usually find this brand)
one green pepper, sliced
one red pepper, sliced
one sweet onion, sliced
1 T. olive oil

guacamole (my recipe here)
shredded cheese
sour cream
(whatever toppings you like for tacos or fajitas)
flour tortillas -- the small or medium size, at least two per person, warmed

Preheat outdoor grill.

Heat heavy saute pan over medium high heat on the stove. When hot, add oil and peppers and onions and saute until slightly browned and softened.

When grill is ready, grill sausages until hot (if sausages are not precooked, cook until completely done). Remove from grill. Slice crosswise on a diagonal. Serve with, warm tortillas, hot peppers and onions, and other desired toppings to make "tacos."

Black Beans

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1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chilies, drained (I use original flavor and save a little of the liquid for cooking)
1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add oil and garlic and heat until garlic is warm and fragrant. Add beans and Rotel tomatoes, and a little of the tomato liquid or water. Simmer for about ten minutes, adding more liquid if necessary to keep beans from drying out. Add cumin, oregano and salt and pepper and cook for a few minutes until beans are rather soft.

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