This winter weather is just getting me down! In an effort to deny the existence of the multiple feet of snow just outside my door, I decided to pretend it was summer time this week and made some yummy tropical-inspired salsa.
It's a super simple recipe which requires only a few ingredients. Here's what you'll need:
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 small can black beans
1 red onion
red chile powder or the crushed chiles of your choice (I used Asian chiles with a rating of 15k-30k Scovilles)
Ok, now, follow closely —it gets complicated (not)...
Dice the onion
Peel and cube mangos. Mash the cubes with a fork (or a pastry blender, as I did)
Open the can of pineapple.
Open the beans then rinse and drain them.
Dump everything together in a mixing bowl and add chiles or chile powder to taste. Mix well then cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to infuse. Just before serving, tear a generous handful of cilantro and stir it in.
Don't be afraid to experiment with the ingredients —subsitute canned or fresh for any of the ingredients. I prefer fresh mangos over prepackaged; I think they have a nuttier flavor and aren't as sugary.