Give your taste buds a treat with this spicy potato-bean salad that’s hearty enough to serve as a main dish. You can adjust the seasonings to your own heat preference.
It was blazing hot, and The Spice Hater (aka my daughter E.) was eating dinner with friends. So I seized the opportunity to indulge in a little hot pepper action and mixed up a batch of super-spicy Southwestern potato salad and let it marinate in the fridge until very cold.
The chipotle chiles and cumin combine with fresh lime juice to create a dressing that coats the potatoes and black beans in flavor. It’s hearty enough to serve as a main dish with a side salad and perhaps some air-fried tortilla chips and salsa.
The level of spices in the recipe below tasted perfect to my heat-loving husband and me. But if you don’t like things quite so spicy, be sure you cut down on the chipotle and jalapeño peppers. It’ll still be tasty but won’t burn going down!
For more Southwestern-inspired dishes, check out these recipes:
Southwestern Black Bean Potato Salad
- 1 teaspoon ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 2 pounds small red potatoes
- 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped green onions
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans rinsed and drained (3 cups cooked beans)
- 1 jalapeño pepper seeded and finely chopped
- 1 large tomato chopped
- 1 - 2 tablespoons chipotle chiles in adobo sauce chopped (or chipotle chile powder to taste)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 clove garlic pressed or minced
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- mixed greens or lettuces optional serving suggestion
- Combine 1 teaspoon ground flax seed with two tablespoons hot water in a small cup or bowl and set aside to thicken.
- Place potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool. Cut potatoes into 3/4-inch cubes. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add corn, red pepper, onions, black beans (rinsed and drained very thoroughly), jalapeño pepper, and tomatoes and mix well.
- Remove 1 chipotle chile from can. Chop chile to measure 1 to 2 tablespoons. (Reserve remaining chiles and adobo sauce for another use–I like to mince them and freeze them in ice cube trays.) If chipotles are not available, use ground chipotle chili pepper in next step.
- Combine chopped chipotle chile, flax seed mixture, lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle the lime juice mixture over potato mixture, and toss gently. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour, stirring every now and then. Taste and add more lime juice as needed before serving atop mixed greens, if desired.
Nutritional info is approximate.
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