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Black Bean Salsa & Plantain Chips


When we lived in Dallas many years ago, we loved going to a Brazilian restaurant in the Knox-Henderson area called the Samba Room. They had some great vegetarian dishes using root vegetables, plantains, coconuts and beans. The spices they used a lot are ones I am familiar with from Indian cooking- cumin, black pepper and cilantro.

A unique and tasty appetizer at the Samba Room was black bean salsa served with plantain chips.

Plantains are a member of the banana family but more starchy. For this recipe, the plantains need to be green- i.e. not ripe.


I have included the recipe for plantain chips. However, if I am making this for a large get together then I just pick up a few bags at Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Both have excellent, tasty versions of plantain chips.


Black Bean Salsa

1 cup of black beans, cooked and washed well

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into eighths

1/2 red pepper, diced

1 small onion, diced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, diced

Juice of 1/2 lime, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Salt to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon)

Optional- 1 clove of garlic, finely diced

Combine all the ingredients. Cover and wait about 15-30 minutes before serving. Can be prepared a day early and stored in the fridge.


Plantain Chips

As mentioned earlier, the plantain chips in this recipe  should not be sweet.
Traditionally banana chips are deep fried in oil. When I make them at home, I just bake them. They taste quite good and are much healthier.
1- Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2- Wash and peel the plantains. This is the most difficult step. I trim the ends of the plantains,  cut them into large pieces, and remove the peel.


2- Cut the plantains into very thin disks. Use a mandoline, slicer attachment to your food processer or just use a sharp knife.


3- Put the slices into a bowl. Add a teaspoon of your favorite oil and mix well.


4- Spread them out on a baking sheet.


5- Bake for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and flip the chips over. Cook for another 5 minutes.

6- Salt to taste.


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