Ingredient: Sour cream or Greek yogurt, optional condiment

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Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Served with Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 salad-

When I first moved to Tampa, Florida, I had never heard of black beans, let alone tasted them. A staple of Cuban food, black beans are very versatile and used almost everyday. Now I eat them on a regular basis, and this is my version of Moros Y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), by far my family’s favorite recipe for this humble bean.

The name of this dish refers to the wars between the Moors (blacks) and the Spaniards (whites). It is a reminder of the Spanish influence on Cuba.

The Columbia is a famous Spanish restaurant in Tampa. It is known for its flamingo dancers and authentic Spanish/Cuban cuisine; the 1905 salad being one of its specialties. This is my vegetarian version, as I have omitted the meat and changed out the iceberg to butter lettuces.

All Seasons, American, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Turkey

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Turkey Chili

This is a riff on the ever popular chicken chili that is perfect potluck for early fall football games, but try making this in your slow cooker in the spring or summer with a dollop of cool sour cream or Greek yogurt for a tantalizing trip to Mexico without the expense of a plane ticket.

The use of turkey thighs results in a soon-to-be-favorite change to your standard chicken chili recipe.