cook: grilled corn + avocado + black bean salsa

Happy 4th of July!

If you are like me, you’re probably headed to some type of cookout/clambake/bar-b-que situation this afternoon.   I thought I would pass along my quick and easy recipe for salsa that I’ve recently been making.  Inspired by one found on Spoon Fork Bacon, this recipe has been adapted so that it uses almost everything it calls for.  With the exception of the red onion (because I think the flavor would be entirely overpowering), this recipe leaves no left over half cans of beans or fourth of a jalapeno.  I’ve also added avocado simply because I love it.  This is an easy one, full of flavor and the jalapeno packs a little bit of punch to every bite.  It can be served immediately but I like to let it sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving so that the flavors come together.

Here’s what you need:

+ 4 ears of corn, husks removed

+ 2 T olive oil

+ 1/2 red onion, diced

+ 2 jalapenos, seeded and diced

+ 3 cloves of garlic, minced

+ 2 almost ripe avocado, diced (i like them to still be a little firm so they don’t melt and turn this into a guacamole)

+ 4 roma tomatoes or 1 large hot house tomato, seeded and diced

+ 1 15.oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

+ Juice of 3 Limes

+ Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper

Heat the grill to medium heat and close the lid.  Once you have husked the corn, using a pastry brush coat the outside of the ears with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and once the grill is hot, grill the ears until they begin to char.  Depending on your grill, this can take anywhere from 10 -20 minutes.  Don’t walk away.  Watch them so they don’t burn and turn them ever 2-3 minutes to insure they cook evenly.   Once cooked, remove from the grill and allow to cool to room temperature.  Sometimes, if I am in a rush, I put them in the fridge.

While the corn is cooling down, in a medium bowl combine the remaining ingredients and toss together.  Then when the corn is cool, cut the kernels away from the ear and toss with the other ingredients.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Hope you have a great day filled with family, friends, fireworks and great food.



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