We have been super busy the last few weeks working on some projects around our house. It started off a few months ago when we made a custom made dartboard case for our best friend and brother from another mother, J.B. He got a dartboard for Christmas and wanted to put it in a really nice case that he could display. Our family business is doing home renovation and handy man work, but recently we have been doing more custom made projects for our clients. So, one Sunday afternoon those two got out in the backyard and made this amazing case that showed J.B.’s love for the Liverpool Futball club. Making that case started this whole process that ended up in us making our own dartboard case which caused us to renovate our deck out back and build a bar on it! I can’t tell you how glad I am that we made that first case!
This is the case that we made for ourselves. We got the idea off of a flight on one of the set of darts J.B. had. It always amazes me how my husband can just take a look at something and the next thing I know we have it built!
Once we got this built we sat outside admiring it and decided that we needed to just go ahead and build a bar out there too. It was the best decision we ever made. The only downside to it is that now we stay up too late every night because all we want to do is spend time out there! We were out there a lot before, but now it is just so much better and the atmosphere created from all of the new things we did makes it my favorite place to hang out with my friends!
Anyway, I tell this story so that you can see why I haven’t posted a new recipe in so long! Tonight was another one of those nights that I didn’t have a whole lot to choose from for dinner. I remembered that I had bought this Tequila Lime Black Bean Chicken Sausage from Whole Foods a couple of weeks ago. (Don’t worry, I froze it as soon as I got it home!) I dug around in the pantry and fridge and started grabbing stuff I thought would go good with it. It turns out that, not only was it good, it may be my new favorite meal!
The only thing that I worry about is that I may not be able to get the exact sausage again when I go back to WF. Sometimes that happens when I find something there, they don’t always have it again. If you can’t find it, just use some regular fresh chicken sausage. You can add about 1/2 cup tequila with the juice from a whole lime, add it to a pan over medium heat and let it cook down for a few minutes. Add in the chicken sausage and season it with a little bit of chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper. Cook it until the meat it browned nicely and then just follow the rest of the recipe below.
Tequila Lime Chicken Sausage With Black Beans
- 1.5 pounds tequila lime black bean chicken sausage (or just plain fresh chicken sausage)
- 1 can Rotel tomatoes
- 1 can black beans
- 1 tsp chicken Better Than Bouillon mixed into 1 cup of water (or 1 cup chicken broth)
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup sweet onion, diced
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 tsp cumin, or more to taste
Remove sausage from casing and place in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until it is browned.
Remove from skillet and set aside. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil (I used coconut oil this time, since I had it out already for the rice) to a large skillet over medium heat and add in the onion and garlic. Let cook for about 3 minutes or until the onion is softened.Add in the can of black beans, do not drain.Stir well to combine and then add in the can of Rotel, do not drain.
- 2 cups jasmine rice
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the coconut oil and sprinkle the salt evenly over the pan. Once it is hot, add in the rice and stir to coat all the pieces. Turn heat to low and add in 3 1/4 cups of water. Stir, cover and cook for 18 minutes or until rice is cooked through.