It's A Keeper: Bacon and Black Bean Smash and Oven Fries

It was Mexican Night in the Miller Household. I had some friends in town and I was in the mood to do something with a little Mexican flair (the easy excuse for margaritas might have had something to do with it).

However, complicating things was the fact that one of our guests is a picky eater. He's even more picky than me, which is tough to do. I had to avoid almost all veggies, so I fell back on some of my go-to recipes Bacon Bit Burgers and Oven Home Fries with Peppers and Onion, and I tried a new recipe, Bacon and Black Bean Smash. I've reviewed the burgers before (all I changed was the cheese to Pepper Jack), so we'll just focus on the side dishes.

I wish I could tell you how long this recipe took to make, but there was much chatting and partaking of adult beverages. Plus, everyone chipped in, so I really have no idea how many minutes this was from start to finish. Maybe 45? Everything was a hit with the picky eater, which I think is a major sign of the quality of these recipes.

Here are the recipes with my comments in brackets:

Bacon and Black Bean Smash

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 cans black beans, drained [Don't over-drain because the liquid helps you do some smashing.]
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves or scallions, optional garnish
Sour cream, optional garnish [Optional? I don't think so.]

Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and bacon. Render fat 2 minutes then add onion and garlic, cook 5 minutes. Add 1 can of beans to the pan and season them with salt, pepper and cumin then smash them with a potato masher, combining them with bacon and onions. When they are combined, add remaining can of beans and combine with smashed beans. Add hot sauce to your taste and serve. Chopped cilantro or scallions and sour cream are optional garnishes to this smash.

Oven Home Fries with Peppers and Onions

2 1/2 pounds red skinned potatoes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon grill seasoning (recommended: McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning)
2 teaspoons sweet paprika

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Coarsely chop potatoes and transfer to a nonstick cookie sheet. Toss with oil, peppers, onions and seasonings and place in the oven 25 minutes, turning twice with spatula. Serve hot. [Yeah, that's it. I can't think of anything to add!]


  1. Looks yum! I think I'll try the Bacon Bit Burgers and the Home Fries this weekend.

  2. this sounds awesome! I will be back, you have an awesome blog.

  3. Caitlyn - I hope you like them - they really are some of the best burgers I have ever had.

    Nicole - thanks and I never tire of hearing that people like ERR!

  4. YUM!! This looks delicious... With a Tecate Light. :)

  5. I think I'm going to make those oven fries tonight, but I have potatoes are sooo much better! It sounds awesome!

  6. It's so funny to me that I almost didn't post this recipe because I thought the picture didn't turn out well! I'm glad to hear that you guys think it sounds as I good as I thought it tasted!


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