For as much mexican food that I cook, I do not write down enough recipes as I should. This one is a family favorite and is quite addictive! You can adjust the heat level by omitting a jalepeno or two. Depending on how much heat your peppers pack, the recipe below is what I would consider a 7/10 for spiciness. Removing the seeds can also bring down the heat if you prefer. You do need quite a few carrots for this recipe but you can adjust it to one jar versus four. One bunch of carrots should generally be enough to fill a small pint jar! If you’re not familiar with canning or pickling, check out the following links for a little crash course in proper sanitation. I strongly suggest visiting the National Center for Home Food Preservationon how to prepare your jars, ensure proper sanitation, acidity levels and cook time. The following topics you should check out before starting are:
I this recipe we are only PICKLING which requires a simple water bath. No pressure canner needed! YAY! For this recipe you will need the following:
4 pint canning jars (Ball brand is best)
4 rings and new lids
A canning pot with a rack or a large pot & heatproof rack that fits into the bottom of the pot
Lid wand or thongs to lift the lids from the hot water
Clean rag to clean the rims of the jars
Before starting, be sure to prepare your equipment and jars. Follow all of the proper sanitization steps! Visit the GUIDE TO WATERBATH CANNING link provided above.
Toast your cumin seeds in a dry skillet on medium heat till just fragrant. Remove them to a plate or bowl so they don't overcook. Set aside.
Combine vinegar, sugar, water and salt in a large non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add your sliced carrots, onions and jalapeños to the pot. Return to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
While your carrots are marinating, remove your sterilized jars from the water and place them on a clean towel.
In EACH jar: Add 1/2 tsp of mexican oregano, 1/2 tsp toasted cumin seeds, 3 peppercorns, 1/2 tsp coriander seeds and 1 clove of garlic.
Fill each of the jars with the carrot, onion, jalepeno and vinegar mixture to within 1/2" of the rim. Wipe the rims with a clean cloth. Using a lid wand or thongs, remove the lids from the hot water and place on the jar. Tighten rings until just finger tight. Do not over-tighten.
To process the jars: Using a jar lifter, return jars to the pot of warm water on your stove. Place them on the rack without touching each-other or the sides of the pot. Add more water IF the water does not cover your jars by 1 or 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil.
Once your pot reaches BOIL, set your timer and boil for 10 minutes. Then, remove from heat and allow to sit for another 5 minutes. Use a jar lifter to remove the jars and place on a clean towel. Allow to sit for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, remove the rings and check the seals by pressing on the center of the lid. There should be a concave indention signifying that everything worked! If you have one or two that did not seal, you can store them in your refrigerator. Sealed, processed jars should keep for up to a year when stored at room temperature.
A simple, spicy and flavorful dish that pairs quite well with almost any meal. And by almost, I mean it that it probably won’t go too well with your morning cup of coffee and bowl of cereal. If you’re looking for something a little less spicy, just cut down the jalapeno to one (or less if your peppers are spicy). My peppers from the garden weren’t too overly spicy this year so I went with two… and I like it spicy. Removing the seeds in your peppers will also tone down the spiciness. I added honey at the end to balance out the lime and the spice but you can also use a little bit of sugar if you would like to keep the recipe vegan. Enjoy!
Blanch green beans in a large stock pot of well salted boiling water until bright green in color and tender crisp, roughly 3 minutes. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water to stop from cooking. Set aside.
Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent.
Add jalapeño, poblano, garlic coriander, salt and green beans. Stir until well incorporated. Cover and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or until beans are tender but still bright green.
Remove from heat; add tomatoes, mexican oregano, lime juice and honey. Stir well and serve immediately.
Cranberry beans are a bit sweeter and much more delicate your common kidney beans or pintos traditionally used in chile. They have a wonderful creamy texture and have a mild, nutty flavor that I thought would pair quire well with a verde sauce. I have to be honest, this box ingredient was a bit challenging for me. Why you ask? I’m not a member of the bean appreciation club. Really…. I’ve tried to like them but I have an issue with certain food textures (Don’t ask me how I can possibly cook at all) So with this recipe I HAD to try the beans and honestly, I was quite surprised. They are quite creamier than anticipated. This recipe relied much on my keen sense of smell and my helpful husband with a discerning taste when it comes to beans.
This recipe included a few items that were out of season. Luckily, I had some canned items from last year’s harvest that I was able to incorporate into the dish as well as some green tomatoes that I had an overabundance of. You can do the same or hold off on cooking the sauce until the tomatillos and tomatoes are readily available. It involves A LOT of roasting and a lot of time and patience but is well worth the wait.
Peel your onions and cut in half removing the top and bottom. Slice your peppers in half and remove seeds.
Husk your tomatillos and cut off the stems. Slice the tops off of your tomatoes.
In a large baking dish - fill with your tomatillos, tomatoes. On a separate baking sheet, add your onions and add your peppers skin side up. Place in oven on broil for 30-60 minutes until blackened. Your peppers and onions should be done first, around 30 minutes and your tomatoes and tomatillos should be done after an hour depending on their size and your oven. I've never had the same cooking time when it comes to roasting so it's best to check them ever 20 minutes or so until you see the skin turn crisp and black. When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Reserve the red Jalapenos for your topping. Keep the skin on everything (but the onions of course) and in a large food processor or blender, add your roasted tomatillos, tomatoes, onions, pasillas, green jalepenos, garlic, cilantro and juice of two limes. Pour any liquid from the pan into the blender as well. Blend until smooth and add salt to taste.
You should have AT LEAST four cups of salsa verde for your beans. This recipe always has a bit of a variance due to the size and the harvest. Any extra should be reserved for salsa or storage.
Rinse your beans and remove any unwanted bits. In a large bowl, cover with water and allow to soak for at least 4 hours.
Peel and julienne your nopoles.
In a dutch oven or thick bottomed pot, add your beans and four cups of the salsa verde sauce. Add cumin, Mexican oregano, vegetable bouillon and nopoles. Cover and heat on low for approximately 6 hours.
At the 3 hour mark, check your beans every half hour or so. Does your sauce look too thick? Add a little water to the mix. Depending on how watery your tomatillos and tomatoes where, you may have to add a little water so your sauce isn't overly thick. (Again, this is one of those recipes that requires a little extra attention)
At the 5 hour mark, check your beans for doneness. They generally take around 6 hours but I have had them finish cooking out before that. Taste testing is key here!
Once your beans are done, add your Mexican crema to the pot and stir. If you want to keep this recipe vegan, just omit the crema. Serve and top with fresh cilantro, roasted red peppers and a little more crema. Enjoy!