Chilli black beans with jalapeño salsa

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Neil Perry's chilli black beans with jalapeno salsa.
Neil Perry's chilli black beans with jalapeno salsa. Photo: William Meppem


Chilli black beans
1/2 tbsp olive oil 
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
150g speck or pancetta, finely diced
3 long red chillies, finely chopped
1 tsp sweet paprika
large pinch cayenne pepper
400g tinned tomatoes, chopped
2 tsp brown sugar
1/4 cup coriander root, finely chopped
400g can black beans, rinsed and drained
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
soft tortillas, to serve

Jalapeño salsa
1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeños
3 tbsp pickled jalapeño brine
1/4 cup coriander leaves
2 green onions, roughly chopped



HEAT THE OLIVE OIL in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the onion, garlic and speck and cook for 5 minutes or until onion is softened. Add the chilli, paprika and cayenne pepper and cook for a further 2 minutes.

ADD THE TOMATO, brown sugar, coriander root, black beans, salt and pepper, and reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Set aside and keep warm.

FOR THE SALSA, place the jalapeño, brine, coriander and green onion in a food processor and process until roughly chopped. 

SERVE with soft tortillas.


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  • Main Ingredients - Beans
  • Cuisine - Mexican
  • Course - Side Dish

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6 comments so far

  • A really nice dish! Cooked up chicken tenderloins and had them in a tortilla - beautiful!!! I would definitely do this dish again with no changes to the recipe.

    Date and time
    March 17, 2013, 8:14PM
  • You are telling me to pre-heat the oven to 220°C.

    Why? Is my kitchen cold?

    Otherwise, this looks delicious.

    Date and time
    March 24, 2013, 5:19PM
  • Looks so delicious that i nearly licked my computer screen!

    Date and time
    March 25, 2013, 8:23AM
  • Had this with some garlic bread and red wine. A very enjoyable meal. Four stars.

    Ange T Kenos
    Date and time
    April 12, 2013, 5:59AM
  • I've made this a few times now - it's delicious and a hit with my husband. I serve it with some avocado for creaminess. Neil Perry's recipes are my favourite (and Jill Dupleix).

    Date and time
    May 17, 2013, 9:24PM
  • Easy dish to make and a hit with the family. I reduce the chilli to ensure it's palatable for younger children and make a chilli salsa as a side for those of us that life a little more heat.

    Date and time
    July 08, 2013, 11:42AM

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