These Mexican beans are a brilliant way of introducing your children to lots of flavour. Beans are rich in protein and iron so excellent for growing babies and children. Mash for younger babies who are just starting on solids.
You can cook these on the hob or in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.
Serves 2 adults and 2 children
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 carrots peeled and diced (can use any vegetables)
2 tsps @spicekitchenuk baby Mexican spice blend
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1 can butterbeans (drained)
1 can black beans (plus liquid)
2 cans chopped tomatoes
Juice 1/2 lime
Heat some oil in a large pan (alternatively saute in an Instant Pot) and fry the onion in oil until soft (around 10 minutes). Add the carrots and cook for several mins. Add the garlic, Mexican spice blend, paprika and cocoa powder and cook for a further minute.
Then add the beans and chopped tomatoes. If using an Instant Pot pressure cooker, cook at high pressure for 8 mins. If not simmer on a hob for at least 30mins until the carrots are soft and the sauce is starting to reduce. Turn off the heat, squeeze in the lime juice (and season with salt and pepper if required). Gently mash (optional).
Serve with a mango salsa and tacos (and chilli for the grownups!)
1 ripe mango peeled and diced
Handful of tomatoes diced
Juice of half a lime
½ tsp garlic powder
Mix the mango and tomato together. Add lime juice, garlic power (and salt and pepper if using) to taste.
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