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4 Bean Appetizers and An Event

Disclosure: 4 Bean appetizers is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Bush’s Cocina Latina™ and Latina Bloggers Connect. The opinions expressed here are honest and my own, as always.

I have a smile on my face wider than a mile!  I was chosen to host an event at my house for 5 bloggers, sponsored by Bush’s Cocina Latina™. For this event, I developed, cooked, and served 4 QUICK bean appetizers:

4 Bean Appetizers

1. Pinto Bean “Meatballs” (MEATLESS “meatballs” with a zing), 2. Black Bean Pick Me Up (inspired by a Brazilian drinkable appetizer, caldinho de feijão, which can make you wonder if you are sipping a soup or a warm beverage), 3. Spicy Bean Corn Muffins (a spicy baked goodie inspired by corn muffins, incorporating a cornmeal base and pinto beans a la Diabla), 4. Cold Pinto Bean Salad (inspired by a popular Brazilian chicken salad ,’Salpicão de Frango, this is a cold bean salad with green apples, raisins, and vegetables topped with shoestring potatoes).

Yes, you can say that I am a gal on a mission. Each one of my 4 bean appetizers features a different flavor from Bush’s Cocina Latina line:

  • Frijoles Charros Machacados (traditional smashed pinto beans with tomatoes, serrano peppers and bacon FAT — Not bacon pieces) for the Pinto Bean “Meatballs”.

4 Bean Appetizers -- Pinto Bean MEATBALLS

  • Frijoles Negros Machacados (smashed black beans with poblano chiles and bacon) for the Black Bean Pick Me Up.

4 Bean Appetizers -- Black Bean PICK ME UP

  • Pintos a La Diabla (Pinto beans with chile de árbol, jalapeños and serrano peppers) for the Spicy Bean Corn Muffins.

4 Bean Appetizers -- Spicy Bean Corn MUFFINS

  • Frijoles a la Mexicana (Pinto Beans with tomatoes, serrano peppers and bacon) for the Cold Pinto Bean Salad. 

4 Bean Appetizers -- Cold Pinto Bean SALAD

Need I say how happy I am? With the selection of four rich LATIN flavors available for Bush’s Cocina Latina, I can personally guarantee there will be a favorite for everyone in your family — just like in mine!

Bush’s Cocina Latina beans remind me of my Mom’s and Grandma’s well-seasoned, slow-cooked beans — robust and full of flavor!  Not only can I detect the delicious ingredients in each flavor, but the taste reminds me of home.

What also reminds me of home, is the joy of sharing a meal with others who appreciate good food. We got to eat, chat, teach each other a thing or two, and laugh aloud.  Work has never been so pleasant.

4 Bean Appetizers - #ElFrijolazo Event (Jan. 2015)

I hope you try my four bean appetizers, and pay a visit to each one of the bloggers that came over to share a fun afternoon together: Michelle Cantu from A Thrifty Diva, Michelle Hernandez from Family Love in My City, Rocio Chavez from Your Sassy Self, Telma Garcia from At The Fire Hydrant, and Kristina Nunez from Hott Mama in the City,  — in order to see their take on our “meal.”  I also invite you to visit for authentic Bush’s Cocina Latina chef recipes, pairings, and tips.

Invite your friends over, cook with them, and have fun!


4 Bean Appetizers -- Pinto Bean Meatballs

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This is one of our 4 bean appetizers! These are MEATLESS "meatballs" with a zing. They can be served either with a Mexican Salsa or a Barbecue Sauce.
Recipe type: Appetizer -- PINTO BEAN "MEATBALLS"
Serves: 26
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) BUSH's Cocina Latina Frijoles Charros Machacados
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, plus more for garnishing
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Nonstick cooking spray or oilve oil
  • ⅔ cup store-bought mild Mexican salsa, puréed and warmed, or your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce
  1. In medium bowl, stir together mashed beans, breadcrumbs, cilantro or parsley, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Stir in the beaten egg until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Let mixture rest for about 5-10 minutes to thicken. Using a Tablespoon as measurement, form about 26 "meatballs."
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; then, spray skillet with nonstick spray or pour enough olive oil to lightly coat skillet and pan-fry "meatballs." Transfer meatballs to skillet and let them cook, turning occasionally, for about 4 to 5 minutes or until browned on all sides and warmed through. Preferably, cook meatballs in batches to avoid overcrowding pan.
  3. Serve Pinto Bean "Meatballs" with warm Mexican salsa or barbecue sauce, garnished with chopped cilantro or parsley on top.

4 Bean Appetizers -- Black Bean Pick Me Up
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This is one of our 4 bean appetizers. Inspired by a Brazilian drinkable appetizer, 'caldinho de feijão,' this can make you wonder if you are sipping a soup or a warm beverage. It can be served with toast points or pork rinds.
Recipe type: Appetizer -- BLACK BEANS PICK ME UP
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 8
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 strips of smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • ½ can BUSH's Cocina Latina Frijoles Negros Machacados
  • ½ cup water
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro or parsley
  1. In a large non stick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat and cook chopped bacon until browned (about 4-5 minutes). Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain, and allow to cool.
  2. Put the black beans and water in a food processor or blender and season with salt and pepper. Blend to a smooth purée. Pour into a non-stick small pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir well, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir again.
  3. Pour soup into small heatproof glasses or cups. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, bacon, and chopped cilantro or parsley. Serve hot accompanied by toast points or pork rinds.

4 Bean Appetizers -- Spicy Bean Corn Muffins
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This is one of 4 bean appetizers. It's a spicy baked goodie inspired by corn muffins, incorporating a cornmeal base and pinto beans.
Recipe type: Appetizer -- SPICY BEAN CORN MUFFINS
Serves: 32
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) BUSH's Cocina Latina Pintos a la Diabla, drained (reserve the broth)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped cooked smoked bacon (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a mini muffin baking pan with paper baking cups.
  2. Drain beans (reserve drained broth in a measuring cup) and then purée beans in a blender or food processor. If necessary, add water to the reserved broth to bring to 1 cup total.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together puréed beans, corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add beaten egg, oil, the 1 cup of reserved bean broth, chopped cilantro or parsley, and bacon (if desired). Stir gently to combine.
  4. Using a cookie scooper, fill the paper cups ¾ full with the batter. Clean off any stray drips from the baking pan with a wet paper towel. Bake for about 10-11 minutes. Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy!

4 Bean Appetizers -- Cold Pinto Bean Salad

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This is one of 4 bean appetizers. Inspired by a popular Brazilian chicken salad, "Salpicão de Frango," this is a cold bean salad with green apple, raisins, and vegetables topped with shoestring potatoes.
Recipe type: Appetizer -- COLD PINTO BEAN SALAD
Cuisine: Brazilian (Inspired)
Serves: 8
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) BUSH's Cocina Latina Frijoles a la Mexicana, drained
  • ½ cup canned corn kernels, drained
  • ½ large carrot, peeled and finely shredded
  • ¼ large red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium green apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 2-3 Tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2-3 Tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley
  • ⅓ cup chopped cooked smoked bacon
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • ⅓ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Shoestring potatoes to garnish top of the salad
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together drained beans, corn, shredded carrots, chopped onions, chopped apple drizzled with 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, raisins, cilantro or parsley, and the cooked bacon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the yogurt, mayo, olive oil and the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice, stirring well. Add to the bean mixture and stir to combine. Place in serving glasses or bowls, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Right before serving, sprinkle a bit of shoestring potatoes on top and enjoy!

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34 Responses to 4 Bean Appetizers and An Event

  1. Gourmet Getaways January 6, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    Ahh…the different flavours are just making me drool, Denise! Latin American food always does that to me ;P

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • Denise Browning January 6, 2015 at 7:31 am #

      Thank you Julie and Alesah!
      These bean line has great flavor. I can eat them by spoonful directly from the can. I have to say these are the only ones that I am able to since the others I have to season and add bacon and herbs. I wish they were sold in Australia so you could try them. They are ready to eat. Don’t need to be doctored up. Happy New Year to you guys.

  2. Deb|EastofEdenCooking January 6, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    What a scrumptious event! I only wish I lived closer so I could have begged an invitation to attend and share in these wonderful appetizers!

    • Denise Browning January 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      Hi, Deb!
      If you’d live near me, you be more than welcome to join us. xx

  3. Mi Vida en un Dulce January 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    What a great combination, I love beans, and all looks so good.

  4. Sugar et al. January 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    What a fun idea and 4 delicious recipes! You made them all look so good…I bet everyone loved them. I wish i was so lucky to sample your lovely cooking. A very Happy New Year to you my friend. Sending you heaps of love and hugs from here.

  5. francesca January 7, 2015 at 4:01 am #

    Spicy Bean Muffinss!!!!! What a cool surprise 🙂 Your holiday photos look lovely 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 7, 2015 at 7:15 am #

      Hi, Francesca!
      Thank you. This was a sponsored event at my house.

  6. Coffee and Crumpets January 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

    They’re all such wonderful dishes and so flavourful! It’s so good to see you! You’re looking great, Denise and I bet y’all had a blast doing this!

  7. Juliana January 7, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Feliz Ano Novo Denise!
    These recipes using beans sound awesome…I am trying to add more beans to our table…it is funny this statement coming from someone that lived in Brasil…
    Thanks for the recipes my dear…hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 8, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      Feliz Ano Novo pra você e sua família, Juliana!
      I understand. I hope you do incorporate more beans to your diet. It is a great sub for animal protein as well.

  8. Kiran @ January 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    What a fun event and delicious spread of foods! Happy New Year, my friend 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 8, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      Hi, Kiran! Thank you… A happy New Year to you and your family as well.

  9. Anna @ shenANNAgans January 8, 2015 at 3:49 am #

    As a kid I could spot a bean from a mile, they would neatly line my plate and no amount of coaxing from the parentals inspired me actually eating them. Haven’t really featured them too much in my eating, but know that I should, digging the idea of your bean meatballs, they look meaty, so I’d be tricking my brain. Lol! Great recipes all round, will have a crack at em me thinks. Happy weekend to you. Cheers, Anna

    • Denise Browning January 8, 2015 at 7:47 am #

      Thank you, Anna! They are great meat subs and healthy protein. I hope you try these bean meatballs. They were a hit!

  10. LB January 8, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Um, did anyone else notice that the beans you use in the “meatless meatballs” actually contain bacon? Obviously you could buy a bacon-free can, but please don’t call this recipe meatless.

    • Denise Browning January 8, 2015 at 8:50 am #

      I looked for the bacon but did not find one single piece in several cans that I opened to cook this dish and others. So I did look at its label ingredients and it contains only bacon FLAVOR because of the bacon fat (and also pork fat). These beans do not contain bacon, pork or any other meat. This is why I stated and continue to state that these meatballs are MEATLESS because it does not contain a single piece of bacon or any other meat. But I did not say the meatballs are vegan because they contain both bacon and pork FAT from the canned beans. Yes, these meatballs are MEATLESS!

  11. Amira January 8, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    It is always fun to have such gathering 🙂 and with these delish appetizers I bet it’ll be a memorable one. Good job Denise.

    • Denise Browning January 8, 2015 at 9:36 am #

      Thanks, Amira! It was a pleasant event with good food and great chat. Happy New Year to you!

  12. Rocio Chavez (@yoursassyself) January 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Denise thanks again for hosting such a lovely event and for these fab recipes! I can’t wait to share them and make them over and over again!!

    • Denise Browning January 8, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you for attending this event. I had a blast! I am glad that you enjoyed the food. I hope to see you soon.

  13. marcela January 10, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    oh… these appetizers are gorgeous! I want to try each recipe!

    PS. I’m organizing a chocolate contest on my blog. Maybe you’d like to join us and share your Brazilian recipe? 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 10, 2015 at 10:40 am #

      Thank you, Marcela!
      Absolutely… I am heading over there.

  14. Raymund January 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm #

    Love all of these interesting bean recipes! Never had thought of using beans like those

    • Denise Browning January 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks, Raymund! I hope you try them in a near future.

    • Denise Browning January 11, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi, Anne! Thank you very much.
      I always look forward to your scrumptious creations and gorgeous photos.
      Wishing you and your family a very happy new year.


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