Peasant Caviar (bean and corn side dish)

This version was made without zucchini, and with red bell pepper.  I used cumin, mild chili powder, and Mexican oregano for seasoning... This is a very flexible dish!

This version was made without zucchini, and with red bell pepper and minced fresh jalapeño. I used cumin, mild chili powder, and Mexican oregano for seasoning instead of chipotle. There are also three kinds of beans — black, dark red kidney, and pinto… This is a very flexible dish!



Honestly, we eat a lot of beans.  And corn.  I think most people who are gluten-free do.  I have made 20 billion variations of dishes made with canned beans, from the mundane to the sublime.  This falls on the “sublime” side, but maybe that’s because I’m currently obsessed with all things chipotle.

Tonight, my oldest son Ethan was swimming at a neighborhood friend’s house.  Martin took Grant, Wesley, and Audrey to the park.  I was home with “just” Fiala, and dinner to get ready.  Easy peasy, right?

Well, the gas ran out on the grill, and Fiala was non-stop fussy — the kind where she’s trying to go to sleep, but fighting it.  Those things translated into dinner becoming NOT what I had planned it to be, which led to multiple apologies from me, to my family, when they all came home to eat.  But, when even my dear 7yo son Wesley said, “Mom, there’s nothing you need to apologize for,” well, at that point, I believed it, exhaled, and enjoyed the rest of dinner.

I just served this with broiled chicken breast (bone-in, skin-on).  And Fritos.  The Fritos part wasn’t my idea, but our 3yo, Audrey, asked for them, then Ethan said, “Yeah, we can scoop the bean stuff!” and we subsequently polished off a whole bag.

Anyways.  The bean-and-corn dish, which I threw together so it could just simmer while I took care of Fiala, turned out to be a big hit.  Anything that I can sneak a boatload of veggies into, and my kids gobble down?  Well, that will definitely be served again in the not-too-distant future.

I did an ingredient search on to see what this might be related to.  The closest thing was vegetarian chile, which this really isn’t, because it’s not a soup or stew.  It does have some pan juices, which it needs for simmering, but it’s a side dish, kind of your veggies and carbs all in one.

So, please!  I’m up for suggestions on what to call this.  (Thanks to Daja for the winning suggestion!)

Peasant Caviar
makes 10-12 servings

Into a large saucepan, combine:

  • 1 – 15 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 – 15 oz can red beans, undrained
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen kernel corn
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 – 14 oz can chipotle-seasoned diced tomatoes, undrained (or plain diced tomatoes, with 1 tsp chipotle seasoning)
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced 1/4″ thick

Bring to a gentle boil, turn down to simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the zucchini and onions are tender, stirring occasionally.  Serve as a side dish, with

  • 1 avocado, sliced (for garnish)

About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on June 15, 2009, in Babies, Family, GF Recipes, GFCF Recipes, gluten-free, The Dear Hubby, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I can’t think of anything at the moment, but I’ll keep mulling it over. It sounds sooooo good though!!

  2. It does sound good! No idea what to call it.

    ~This~ gluten free family does tend to eat a lot of corn and beans. I have never been a big fan of beans, but put a lot of other stuff in with them, and I’m fine.

  3. No-Apology needed beans and corn.

    JOYful beans

    Corny beans

    Corn and beans Sublime

    I can’t think of anything else. Maybe Fussy Fiala’s Miracle Side Dish.

  4. I vote for Fussy Fiala’s Miracle SIde DIsh! Cute!

  5. Looks yummy! Where (or what brand) do you find chipotle seasoned tomatoes?

    • I use a store brand called Food Club that is available in Arizona at Bashas’. However, I did recently look online, and Food Club is a store brand at numerous other stores, too. They are SO tasty. They’re a pantry staple now, ever since I found them a couple of months ago.

  6. Vegetarian Caviar!


    Peasant Caviar

    or something like that…..

  7. Fiala’s ‘Fetti. I bet it looks really festive, like confetti. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. newbeginnings09

    You know what you need, Karen? A mei tai! LOL Then you could wear Fiala on your back while you’re cooking and she wouldn’t be so fussy. Poor sweet baby. I can’t believe she’s getting so old.

    As for the food, I’d call it at least it isn’t skettios!

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