It has come to my attention via road closures, incessant traffic and tons of events happening right in my backyard, that the Super Bowl is just around the corner. Nevermind the fact that I’m a big NFL fan and have actually tracked the whole season and known about this game forever, it’s definitely the invasion of my neighborhood that tipped me off, definitely.
Anyway, back to my love of all things football. I had friends over the past couple weeks to help me watch the playoffs and mostly to help me eat the Super Bowl recipes I was testing/photographing (thanks, Seth, for being my hand model). My mom started making a chunky black bean and corn salsa a while back that my sister-in-law loves, so after she came along this puppy showed up a lot. None of us were mad about it. It’s such a great combo to mix together, let the flavors meld and then munch away on at any gathering.
So, when I needed something for the Cowboys vs. Cubs game, I decided to ad lib a version of my mom’s crowd-pleasing salsa and optimistically call it Cowboy Salsa (I don’t want to talk about it). The best thing about it was we had one black-bean-hater, one cilantro-hater and one lover-of-all-things-Mexican and this salsa was totally customizable! I just set out the ingredients with a few empty bowls and let everyone mix up their own favorite combos.
Mix it ahead of time or serve it bar-style like I did. The fresh veggies make a colorful spread when laid out on the buffet and when tossed together the chunks of tomatoes, avocado, black bean, corn and onion flavored with red wine vinegar, garlic, lime and cilantro meld together in a delicious chip dip, or even better, a flavorful topping for Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos (coming to the blog Thursday). You have to come back for that recipe, the two pair together perfectly for any Super Bowl Party.
- ¼ cup black beans, drained, rinsed
- ¼ cup fresh or frozen corn, cut, thawed
- 1 tomato, chopped
- ½ avocado, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped onion
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Juice of ½ lime
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Tortilla chips
- For a bar/buffet serving: Place each ingredient in separate dishes and let each guest mix their own.
- For prepared serving: Toss all ingredients together in a serving bowl. (For optimal flavor, chill for about an hour before serving to allow flavors to meld.)