So. I love beans. Like really, really love beans.
Saturday afternoon, I started a pot of beans in the crockpot. I make a GOOD pot of beans. I know, I know... meatless Mondays but my beans need bacon. I am trying to quit meat but... I love beans with bacon. Mmmmm bacon. Some day, I'll quit you. Back to my point, I started a pot. I put in my washed beans, a quartered vidalia onion, chopped up raw bacon and my seasonings (cumin, chili powder and garlic) and plenty of water.
I took my daughter to her special needs ballet and we were gone about three hours. I came home to a glorious smell. I started salivating. I went to check on my beans and guess what? I forgot to put the freaking lid on it. Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. The water was all gone. I dumped the crock of beans. Very, very sad. I would have been fine if I didn't have raw bacon in it. I was worried about whether or not the temperature was stable enough during that time to kill the bacteria and I am a bit food poisoning paranoid. I had big dreams for those beans. I was going to eat them ALLLLL week. ALL week.
Needless to say, I am using canned beans. I will make another pot soon and maybe I'll use a ham hock or bacon. I don't know. I'm still deeply saddened.
So, for Meatless Monday I still had my bean tacos. It was GOOD. I used two cans of ranch style beans (one with vidalia onions and the other with jalapenos. Oh and they're pinto beans) and a can of Rotel. I used the Mexican style (cilantro and lime in with the tomatoes and green chilies). I made a batch of spanish rice. I chopped up some cabbage and cilantro. I also made a cucumber salsa (cucumber, roma tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, green onions, and lime juice) to top.
Did I tell you that this was GOOD? I mean GOOD!
I'm not much of a food photographer ( I am improving and some day, I hope to be GREAT but until then...) but here it is. Goodness. Nom. Nom. Nom.