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I got this recipe from a friend who said she didn’t know what it was called and didn’t remember where she found out how to make it. I named it Cilantro Surprise, because its delicious taste was just that, a surprise! Not only does this dish taste GREAT, but it is quick, easy, versatile, healthy, and I’ve actually eaten just this and chips when I didn’t feel like cooking or messing with a lot of clean-up. It’s a great potluck dish and it is so good that you may find yourself making it all the time!
1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 can white shoepeg corn
1 large avocado, chopped finely
Fresh cilantro, chopped, ½ to ¾ of a bunch, depending on your tastes
1 or 2 jalapeños, very finely chopped
1 small can chopped ripe olives
Juice of 1 fresh lime
1 red-bell pepper, finely chopped
½ bottle Zesty Italian Dressing
First mix the black beans, white shoepeg corn (shoepeg corn is usually on the lower shelves in the store). I use shoepeg corn because it stays together longer than the regular yellow corn. To the beans and corn, add chopped red bell pepper, olives, and chopped avocado.
Add the Jalapeño
Jalapeños are very caustic to the skin and membranes of the human body. First cut off the top of the pepper, then split it in half, long-ways. Now get every seed out and throw them away—they are what make a jalapeño hot. Now cut each half in thin slices and chop into very small pieces.
It’s very difficult to get jalapeno off your hands and if you touch yourself, rub your eyes or anything, you’ll be screaming in burning pain! After touching a jalapeno, one of the best ways to get IT OFF THE HANDS, is to put toothpaste, yes, TOOTHPASTE, on your hands and rub them together really well. Rinse your hands off next with Dawn dishwashing soap and cool water. Another remedy for jalapeño burn is milk—soak your hands in it.
Add the chopped Cilantro, fresh lime juice and Zesty Italian dressing to the mixture. Unless you like a lot of Cilantro, only use ½ bunch of it. I use ¾ because I’m especially fond of Cilantro!
The next step is very important. Mix everything together well and leave in the refrigerator overnight, preferably. If you cannot leave it in overnight, leave it in the refrigerator for at least 4 or 5 hours, mixing every 30 minutes or so.