I’m not always very forthcoming with my dinner details. It all depends on the ingredients and how much information I want to share. :)

Sometimes the conversations in our house go something like this:

Taster: What’s for dinner?

Me: Fiesta Pasta! Es muy bueno!

Taster: What is Fiesta pasta?

Me: Black bean…..pasta, chorizo (mentioning meat in the beginning is key), peppers, onions, etc.

Taster: Hmmm. Sounds good.

Five minutes later, the Taster comes and sees this:

Taster: You didn’t tell me it was a weird pasta!

Me: It is pasta made of black beans! It is so cool – and full of protein!

Thankfully, the Taster is on board with almost all of the crazy food I bring home :) And this wasn’t really all that crazy! Basically black beans in the shape of pasta. It ended up being a delicious and healthy way to enjoy pasta.┬áIt’s rare that Mexican and Italian cuisines come together, but this fusion dish blends the two perfectly.

Black Bean & Chorizo Pasta - 2 servings

  • 2 servings black bean pasta
  • 3 peppers, sliced
  • 2 links chorizo, sliced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • chipotle pepper & salt
  • garnish: sour cream, green onion slices

Prepare pasta as directed. Set aside.

Heat large saute pan and when hot add sliced chorizo. When chorizo is browned, add the peppers and garlic and saute for about 5-6 minutes, until peppers are tender. Season with chipotle pepper and salt to taste.

It was the Tasters idea to add some sour cream and I liked it. :)

Reviews on the chipotle pepper and bean pasta coming soon!

24 Comments (Reply )

  1. Kate @ Diethood.com
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    Your ‘taster’ sounds like my husband! Thank goodness that he will try anything that I come up with. I really like this recipe – we’ll have to try it – now where do I get some black bean pasta? I always shop in the organic/natural aisles, but I’ve never noticed it. I’ll look out for it next time.


    • Emily
      Dec 17, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

      It is odd, because this was at a small natural food store in a small town. I have never seen it at the coops or Whole Foods in Minneapolis! And the company doesn’t really have a website, but I’ll be researching a bit!


  2. Tracey
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 10:21 am

    Okay, you must tell me where you got the black bean pasta. I’ve never seen anything like it but it sounds really good. Plus I think my husband would totally go for it!


    • Emily
      Dec 17, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

      I would request that your store bring it in. I’ll give some more information and what the packaging looks like etc, on a full review next week!


  3. erin
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    I must know where you bought it, too! Looks delicious :)


  4. Mo@MommyRD
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    You make the best looking dishes. I wish I was your ‘taster.’ I’d happily try all your fabulous recipes.


    • Emily
      Dec 17, 2010 @ 1:53 pm

      Awww, Thanks Mo! :)


  5. Erica
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

    Black bean pasta? How interesting. Looks yummy.


  6. TheHealthyApron
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    I have never heard of black bean pasta!! Sounds awesome!


  7. christyn @ All Ways Nutritious
    Dec 17, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    i just discovered your blog and am enjoying going through it. your recipes look delicious!! i have never heard of black bean pasta….where did you get it? i really want to try this…


    • Emily
      Dec 18, 2010 @ 8:54 am

      Hi Christyn,
      Thanks for stopping by! I found the pasta at a very small little health food store in a very small town! I’m going to do a full post on the pasta next week and I hope to gather as much info as I can. The pasta is from China, and there isn’t a company website!


  8. kate
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 7:28 am

    laughing at your “mention meat first” comment. i do that too! what is it with boys and their love of meat products?!


  9. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Oooh, sounds so interesting! I’ve never seen lack bean pasta before – now I’m so curious.


  10. Carissa @ Fit To Indulge
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    Haha.. I love the dialogue. Meat IS an important mentionable when it comes to feeding men, isn’t it? (sigh). Was it hard to find black bean pasta??


    • Emily
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

      Yes, I have never seen it in Minneapolis where I live, but I’m going to look for it!


  11. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Dec 18, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    I love the es muy bueno part :)

    How is it that I love all things south of the border and carbalicious and never knew black bean pasta existed??! Where do you find it?


    • Emily
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

      Hehe, I try to practice my espanol as much as I can!


  12. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

    That is exactly how most dinner discussions go in our house. In my husbands eyes the perfect dinner would be a huge slab of cow with a side of chicken and maybe some french fries (afterall you need a veggie). That black bean pasta looks delicious, but seeing as I just got him to agree to try whole wheat pasta, that might take some serious convincing!


    • Emily
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

      HA! I love it!!! Yeah, give him some time on the whole wheat pasta first!


  13. Baking 'n' Books
    Dec 19, 2010 @ 8:29 pm

    So interesting. I’ve heard of this before – but I would never find it here! What is the nutritional content versus regular pasta in terms of protein, carbs and cals? Can’t wait for your review!

    Great site :) I’ve bookmarked it.


  14. Kristi Rimkus
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

    I love the color of this pasta, and black beans are a favorite in this house. I must admit it’s an intriguing dish that makes you want to give it a try, but where did you find the pasta?


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