Category Archives: Beans

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Wandering through Trader Joe’s, wondering what I was going to make for dinner—this is actually not an uncommon occurrence. I saw a package of pre-cooked pork carnitas. I could do a quick pork taco with that, but I make tacos almost every week. Walking down another aisle, I saw Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce, and it clicked—pork enchiladas!

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

Karl’s Carnitas Enchiladas with Avocado

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Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

Daughter Miriam has been sick lately and cannot eat anything in the pepper or lily families— no chili powders, garlic, leeks, onion, or peppers (even bell peppers).  This has made Sunday dinners quite a challenge lately. I decided to barbecue some tri-tip this Sunday and I thought a cold vegetables salad would go well with the beef.

Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

Karl’s Two Bean and Cucumber Salad

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Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. As much as I try to avoid “add can A to can B” recipes, I will sometimes make do for a weekday meal. Of course, the brand of canned food matters.

Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

Karl’s Red Beans and Rice

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Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

I am making tri-tip tacos for Christmas and tacos call for beans. I made these a few months ago and they were very popular with my family. The term “drunken” implies that you are using a large amount of an alcoholic beverage in the dish. The trick to keeping it from tasting “boozy” is to cook off the alcohol before adding any water.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans II

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Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Jan’s family Christmas Eve traditional meal was Grandpa Von Hausen’s goulash. This was a Depression era dish of bacon, hamburger, onions, a whole bottle of ketchup, garlic, paprika, and cans of peas, kidney beans, and pork & beans. The idea was that this dish would sustain the family throughout the days of Christmas—without anyone needing to stop and cook.

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

Karl’s Depression Era Goulash

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Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Adapted from an America’s Test Kitchen recipe

When Jan asked for chicken mole for her birthday, the email at the top of my list was from America’s Test Kitchen with a video about chicken mole and drunken beans. The beans sounded like a good side dish for the mole, so I decided to make it myself.

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

Karl’s Drunken Pinto Beans

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Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Jan is on a soft food diet—nothing where she has to bite with her front teeth—and I have spent the last two weeks thinking up interesting foods that she can still eat. She decided that chili with small bits  of vegetables and meat would fit the bill. Although I would prefer beef or pork chili, she has asked for ground turkey.

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

Karl’s Quick Turkey Chili

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Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Jan had brought some ghost chili products back from a trip to Monterey. As a result, I was doing a Cal-Mex cuisine Sunday dinner. I did not want the usual beans and rice, so I decided to make enchiladas.

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

Karl’s Poblano and Bean Enchiladas

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Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

Jan recently came back from Hopi, and had high praise for Hopi beans and hominy. I decided to do a Hopi/Southwestern Indian meal for last Sunday. In addition, to Hopi beans and hominy, I am making Southwestern Indian chicken and blue corn tortillas.

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

Hopi Pinto Beans and Hominy

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Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

I roasted a chicken with the express intent of having a carcass to make bone broth later in the week. When the kids decided not to come for dinner, I was left with more than the usual amount of leftovers. After the first meal, I made tacos with the breast meat. With the bits that remained I made this soup.

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

Karl’s Chicken Bone Broth Chili Bean Soup

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