Tonight we decided to dine in. At the last minute. But, what kind of domestic goddess am I if I can't whip up something delicious with no warning? That's right. So, I bring you -
La Sopa des Frijoles Negras y Papas de Sabado
1 large or 2 small potatoes
3 cloves garlic
3 cups chicken broth
1 can refried beans (preferably black beans)
1 can black beans
some pimentos or something similar, if available (for color)
1 cup frozen (or canned) corn
1 TBSP chili powder
1/4 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 TSP cumin
salt and pepper
Saute chopped onion with diced (tiny pieces) potato. Add chopped garlic and stir fry until golden. Do not let garlic burn. Add chicken broth and bring to boil; cook until potatoes are soft. Turn down to simmer, add spices and beans. Smoosh up the refried beans until they are evenly dispersed into the broth. Cook for a few minutes to blend flavors. Add corn and pimientos and cook until everything is heated and it tastes good.
Optional toppings: finely chopped onion, grated cheese, sour cream, small pieces of tortilla chips, often found at bottom of bag.