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Recipe: Tex Mex Beans and Sausage

In Cooking Tips, Recipe on June 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm

After looking through the June edition of Vegetarian Times, I was inspired to try one of their recipes.  Their recipe was Charro Beans with Chipotle Sausage but after visiting my local grocery story I realized that I couldn’t make this recipe ingredient for ingredient.  I took their basic recipe and made it grocery store and time friendly.  I swapped dry pinto beans for canned small red beans because I didn’t have the time to cook dry beans.  Instead of using their suggestion of Field Roast Chipotle Sausage, I found Lightlife Smart Sausage chipotle flavor which had less sodium and budget friendly.  The last substitute was the parsley for cilantro since Alvin is not a big cilantro fan.

My Version: Tex Mex Sausage and Beans

 I think that I was successful in creating my version.  My husband said that the dish was very savory, maybe too savory and needed something to offset it.  I served the dish with plain boil potatoes but I imagine that it would go well with rice too.  If Alvin liked cornbread, I would have served it that instead.  I hope you enjoy my version but I encourage you to try the original recipe…if you have the time.

 Recipe: Tex Mex Beans and Sausage
  • 1 can of small red beans, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 package of chipotle flavored sausage
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of black pepper
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  •  1 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley
  1. Warm oil in a medium saucepan
  2. Fry the sausage links whole, cooking on all sides
  3. Once the sausage are cooked, put to the side for cooling
  4. Cook the onion, garlic and green pepper in the same pan until softened
  5. Season the vegetable mixture with chili powder, ground black pepper and a pinch of salt
  6. Add the can of beans and tomatoes
  7. Bring to a slight simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes
  8. Cut sausage into 1 inch rounds and add to the bean mixture
  9. Cook for another 10 minutes
  10. Mix in most of the parsley and garnish with the remaining.



Their Version: Charro Beans with Chipotle Sausage

For the Vegetarian Times version, visit and type in the recipe Charro Beans with Chipotle Sausage

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