Veggie burgers remain an underutilized alternative to meat. Our weekend recipe features the black bean variety, which brings some south-of-the-border flavor to your table. 

Combining poblano peppers, black beans, rice, cilantro and queso fresco (a staple in many Mexican dishes), this entrée was created by Chef Alex Eusebio, a Top Chef contestant (Season 5) and former partner/executive chef at the now-defunct Restaurant 15 in Los Angeles. 

All of the ingredients should be available at your local natural and organic food store.

Chiles Rellenos

Makes 6 servings

6 medium poblano peppers
4 black bean veggie burgers
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3/4 cup cooked black beans (drained and rinsed if you’re using canned beans)
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup cooked rice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco (or shredded Monterey Jack cheese)

 

  1. Cut a lengthwise slit in each pepper. Place on foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until peppers blacken. Remove from oven.
  2. Wrap hot peppers in foil. Let stand for 10 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Using a spoon, remove seeds from insides of peppers. Gently pull skin off outsides of peppers in strips, leaving peppers in one piece. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, remove veggie burgers from package. Place on microwave-safe plate. Loosely cover and cook on medium-high (70% power) for 1½ to 2 minutes, or until partially thawed. Be sure to rearrange and turn over each veggie burger after 1 minute.
  5. In a large skillet, cook onions in hot oil over medium heat about 1 minute, or until translucent.
  6. Crumble veggie burgers into onion mixture. Cook, uncovered, for 3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through.
  7. Stir in beans and water. Reduce heat to low. Cook, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes.
  8. Stir in rice and cilantro. Remove from heat.
  9. Stuff peppers with burger mixture. Place in shallow baking pan, slit side up. Top with queso fresco. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until heated through and cheese has melted.

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Recipe and photo courtesy of Gardenburger