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Saturday, February 15, 2014

CRACK SALSA RECIPE (Bean Salsa)

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Okay, the original name for this recipe was Bean Salsa. Well let me tell you something, once you taste this there is just absolutely no way to call it that ever again. Can't happen. Ever

After a few bites you already know you're going to need rehab for this stuff. I'm not sure what kind of devil magic occurs once all these ingredients are mixed but make no mistake about it... magic does indeed happen.

Let me tell you how Crack Salsa came into our lives. My hubs Jay and I were hiking with some friends and after hitting trails all morning, it was time to eat lunch. Our friend Cindy pulled out a vat of this bean salsa. Now you must understand that my husband does NOT like beans. Quite honestly, I'm not a huge fan of them myself. I thought it was strange that Jay even tried it but he said he was starving and it was the first food on the picnic scene. 

Well folks, my husband pulled that vat of bean salsa right under his face and started shoveling it in like a wild animal. He wasn't even coming up for air nor could anyone even get near it because he had claimed it as his own. I was shocked. Jay is not a foodie by any means. I'd never seen him act that way with food before and my God, it was just beans! What in the hell was going on?

 Finally I batted his hands away from the bowl and grabbed a tortilla chip and shoved a scoop of this stuff in my mouth. My eyes got as big as saucers. OMG that is SO good! I stopped what I was doing, pushed Jay over, and shoved my face in those magical beans. 

I renamed that bean salsa right then and there.

CRACK SALSA. 

We were hooked for life.

Since that day several years ago, I can tell you that we have gotten dozens upon dozens of people hooked on this supernatural dish. It has now gotten to the point that when I bring it to a picnic or function, I have copies of the recipe with me. So... I thought it was about time that I took it to the next level and got the rest of you hooked as well :)

This Crack Salsa is highly addictive! Not only is it out-of-this-world delicious but it's also jam-packed with tons of protein and fiber and will become a family favorite for sure!

CRACK SALSA RECIPE




WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

1/2c APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
1/2c GRAPE SEED OIL (Do NOT use any other oil)
1/2c SUGAR ( or 1/2c BAKING STEVIA)
1 can BLACK BEANS (I use Low-sodium)
1 can PINTO BEANS
1 can DARK KIDNEY BEANS
1 can GARBANZO BEANS (Chick Peas)
1 can SHOE-PEG CORN
1 can DICED TOMATOES (I use Petite Diced Tomatoes)
1 Finely Chopped GREEN PEPPER
1/2 Finely Chopped RED ONION

HOW TO MAKE THIS CRACK:

1. Boil vinegar, grape seed oil, and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

*Note: You must use grapeseed oil. I've tried it with other oils and it's completely different. 

The grapeseed oil is definitely the abracadabra ingredient in this dish.



*The grape seed oil is green. Yup, you read that right. You should also know that once your vinegar mixture boils, it will stink. Yup, you read that right too. Don't worry, I know it won't seem like it when you smell it but you are making the magic happen. Trust me... you just gotta follow through.



2. Drain AND rinse all of the beans, the corn, and the diced tomatoes.

3. Mix all ingredients with the cooled liquid.

4. Marinate 8 hrs or overnight (*IMPORTANT STEP!)

*If possible, mix a few times while marinating (not necessary though).

*TIP: I serve this salsa with Tostitos Multigrain Scoops. Everyone who has ever had it actually prefers the taste of the multigrain scoops over the regular scoops. The flavors mix perfectly together.



*I eat my crack salsa without the scoops. I eat mine with a spoon :) It's delicious all on it's own without the scoops. If you can stick to just a serving amount of scoops, then go for it. But if you want to cut calories and refrain from eating the processed scoops, simply eat it by itself.

*You can also change this recipe up to tailor it to your specific preferences. You can use red peppers, yellow peppers, green onions, fresh tomatoes, etc.

Whatever you put in there, prepare to have a party in your mouth! ENJOY!!




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3 comments:

  1. OMG-this stuff is the bomb! I've never been a huge bean fan but after becoming a vegetarian last year I've been looking for ways to make them palatable for a protein source. THIS is perfect! I'm not even eating it with any chips. I didn't have high hopes because nothing is usually as good as it seems but you were absolutely correct on this recipe. Thank you!!!

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  2. OMG-this stuff is the bomb! I've never been a huge bean fan but after becoming a vegetarian last year I've been looking for ways to make them palatable for a protein source. THIS is perfect! I'm not even eating it with any chips. I didn't have high hopes because nothing is usually as good as it seems but you were absolutely correct on this recipe. Thank you!!!

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    1. Momouttatime, I'm so glad you liked the recipe! Isn't just crazy how this dish makes you love beans? My husband hated beans until he tried this! Like you, I've never been a big bean fan either... until Crack Salsa! It makes a bean believer out of just about anybody. I'm so happy you like it :)

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