4 poblano peppers
1 cup uncooked brown rice (or 4 cups of any cooked grain)
1½ cups salsa
1 15 oz. can of black beans
1½ cups frozen or canned corn kernels
3 green onions
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
Cayenne to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Chopped cilantro & sour cream for serving
1. Combine 1 cup uncooked rice with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then simmer according to package instructions. (Or, prepare the rice or grain ahead of time.)
2. While the rice cooks, prepare the peppers: slice them in half and remove the seeds and ribs. Make sure to wear gloves!
3. Place the peppers in a baking dish skin side up. Broil about 7 minutes, then flip the peppers and broil 7 minutes more.
4. Chop the 3 green onions, and drain and rinse the black beans.
5. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine: beans, onions, 1½ cups salsa, 1½ cups corn, a bit of the shredded cheese, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, a couple dashes of cayenne (if you like it spicy!). Season with salt and pepper to taste. When the rice is finished, combine with the filling. *Note: Remember that quantities and ingredients are all to taste, so feel free to adjust as needed.
6. Heat the filling a few minutes in the microwave (or on the stove) until warm, depending on the heat of the rice.
7. Place the pepper halves skin side down in a baking dish, and spoon the filling into each half. Top with shredded cheese and broil until the cheese is melted, for about 1½ to 2 minutes.
8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with sour cream.
Alternative oven method: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Follow Steps 2, 4 and 5 above to prepare the peppers and filling. Then bake until the peppers are tender and browned, around 25 to 30 minutes.
Recipe adapted from A Couple Cooks