Ah, sporting events. They exist, and people like them. Although I’ve yelled at the television over the violent and masculine game of tennis, the emotion behind football is harder for me to understand. Why are so many teams named after birds? Where is Coach Taylor? Wouldn’t it make sense to blitz more often?
The obvious reason why we should all love the Super Bowl is the food, which is mainly unhealthy and eaten without utensils. While everyone sits around the coffee table it’s dip’s chance to shine, laughing in the face of less viscous condiments. Take that sauces, you can’t handle the trip from bowl to mouth!
For awhile now I’ve wanted to make a bean dip inspired by Huevos Rancheros. What I came up with includes neither eggs nor authentic Mexican flair, but it’s still delicious. Layered beans, salsa, and cheese cover all the Super Bowl bases (yards?). This could easily become a meal if served over rice, wrapped in a tortilla, or eaten in large quantities.
- 15 ounces of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 15 ounces of canned whole tomatoes
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- One onion, diced
- 2 jalapenos, diced
- Monterey jack cheese
- Chili powder
- Olive oil
For the bean layer, cook half of the onion, a clove of garlic, cumin, and a jalepeno in some olive oil. I de-seeded my jalepeno because I am a huge wimp. Leave some seeds in or else your Superbowl party guests will not respect you and probably pour beer in your fish tank.
Add the pinto beans to the pan and let them cook until they are soft. Squish them with your spoon, season them with salt and pepper and then spread them into your dish.
The salsa starts out with the same ingredients as the beans, although it will eventually go into the food processor so you can be lazy with the chopping. Again, I de-seeded the jalapeno and will regret it for the rest of my life.
Cook your base until the onions are soft, adding a generous amount of chili powder and then the tomatoes. I didn’t include add any extra tomato liquid in fear of my salsa becoming too watery. After about twenty minutes the ingredients will begin to meld together.
Transfer the tomato mixture into and food processor and blend until it’s smooth.
Once you are happy with the salsa pour it over the beans. Don’t forget to pick out the blade attachment when it falls into your dish.
I covered the bean dip with cheese, possibly too much, and then put it in the oven to melt.
This bean dip isn’t particularly beautiful, but it has a lot of substance. It could talk to you about politics or English literature, and it even knows who is playing in the Super Bowl.