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    Monterey Beans and Cheese

    Monterey Beans and Cheese. Photo by pattikay in L.A.

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    pattikay in L.A.'s Note:

    This is one of those recipes I turn to again and again when I don't feel like working too hard on dinner. I'm including the ingredients from the original recipe, though I always add corn, and never add the bacon or green pepper. It's great served over rice. From the More with Less Cookbook.

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    1. 1
      If using bacon, fry, drain and break into pieces.
    2. 2
      Saute onion and green pepper (if using) in bacon grease (or in a bit of vegetable oil if not using bacon).
    3. 3
      Add beans (and their liquid), tomato sauce, seasonings and corn.
    4. 4
      Cook over medium heat, stirring till mixture is blended and bubbling and liquid reduces some.
    5. 5
      Stir in cheese and stir till cheese is smooth and melted into the sauce.
    6. 6
      Cook, stirring till mixture attains desired thickness.
    7. 7
      Serve over cooked rice.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 30, 2009


      Easy and delicious! I omitted the salt (personal preference) and also rinsed and drained the beans. To make up for the liquid, I added water. I also added a little dash of cumin and used the optional bacon and green pepper. I may omit the bacon in the future, because I couldn't really taste it and the rest could stand alone. Thanks for sharing!

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    • on May 07, 2009


      Delicious !! I made the recipe exactly but also added some diced zucchini . Served with rice and a liitle sour cream and a drizzle of sweet chili sauce - fabulous dinner !

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    • on May 05, 2009


      I was making this tonight from the cookbook (a childhood love), and thought I would see if it's on the Zaar. Well, you beat me to it. It's nice because you have the tomato-cheese sauce kind of like in spaghetti-o's but the chili powder kicks it over into grown-up country. I use 2 T. boughten bacon crumbles and sauté them with diced onions and bell peppers (1/2 c. each; we tend to prefer red/yellow peppers) in a bit of olive oil. I add the beans and tomato sauce. Then I slowly stir in maybe 6 oz. shredded cheddar (shredding it is the hardest part of cooking this). Only 1 t. chili powder, 1/2 t. salt, and no corn (we are trying to be careful about GI). It's easy, yummy, and easy to vary.

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    Nutritional Facts for Monterey Beans and Cheese

    Serving Size: 1 (279 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 358.3
    Calories from Fat 101
    Total Fat 11.2 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 29.6 mg
    Sodium 1154.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 11.8 g
    Sugars 7.0 g
    Protein 20.9 g

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