I’ve done it you guys. I’ve shared the secret of my existence. Black bean bowls. I literally cook a pound of black beans every week and eat them throughout. I usually add some chicken sausage and veggies. It’s a no-brainer. It’s super quick and easy, it tastes great and it’s nutritious.
Then I had the idea to add beer to it. Obviously. I don’t know why I hadn’t done it before. The beans always need a sauce of some sort, this should have just been a logical addition all along. I chose a bottle of Anchor Porter, which is dark, roasty and well-balanced and I just dug right in. It turned out great. The brew added a great complexity to the dish and played well with the flavors of the smoked paprika.
I really hope you guys try this one. I think it’ll be something you end up making again and again. It’s the easy/yummy recipes that find their ways into your heart.
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Editor’s Note: This recipe originally ran on DrinkingCraft.com on March 19, 2014.
Simple. Fast. Healthy. Beer.
What more do you need for a weeknight meal? This recipe will quickly fall into your repertoire. It is a simple stovetop/one-pot combo of chicken sausage, black beans, spinach, mushrooms, cheese and porter that you can whip up in 15 minutes. Throw it in a tortilla with some guac, scoop it up with some corn chips or just eat it straight from the bowl.
Anchor Porter Black Bean Bowl
2 chicken sausages, sliced into coins
½ cup sliced portobello mushrooms
1 cup black beans, cooked and drained
½ cup Anchor Porter
⅓ cup shredded white cheddar
½ cup fresh baby spinach leaves
½ tsp smoked paprika
salt and pepper
tortillas, sour cream and guacamole, optional
Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add chicken sausage and mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes, until mushrooms get smaller and darker and chicken sausage is cooked through.
Add in black beans, porter, paprika and salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes on high, until heated through. Toss in spinach and cheddar cheese, remove from heat. Spinach will wilt and cheese will melt.