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Delicious Black Bean and Mandarin Orange Salsa Recipe

Most black bean salsas include corn in the recipe, both for flavor and color contrast. This one, however, uses sweet mandarin oranges. The salsa is attractive to look at and it tastes delightful. The sweetness of the oranges goes nicely with the saltiness of the beans. The other ingredients do their part to add to the flavor party as all the ingredients marinate together. Serve this salsa with chips, fish, chicken, or pork for a fabulous meal. It also goes well with barbecue or roasted meat.

This salsa needs to marinate for a few hours before serving. You can easily make it ahead of time and let it sit in the refrigerator until you need it. Take it along when tail-gating or attending a potluck. This recipe is pretty stable and can take travel well. You will be amazed at how quickly the salsa is eaten! Be sure to bring enough so everyone can enjoy it.

This salsa recipe can also be served as a side dish. A bite of the salsa can go along with rice or refried beans to add flavor and texture to the other dish. Unlike many fruit salsas, this one will hold up for a couple days, so make a big batch and enjoy it. Once you have tried this black bean and mandarin orange salsa recipe, you may feel more confident about experimenting on your own with other salsa recipes. There is no reason to be constrained by tradition; try new flavor combinations and see where it leads you.

If you are keen on trying brand new flavors and experimenting with different tastes, all under the umbrella of Mexican (and perhaps also Tex-Mex) cuisine, this recipe might well appeal to your imagination. The black beans, red bell pepper and cilantro are ingredients you will find in many salsa recipes but the mandarin orange segments are not.

Mango and sometimes pineapple find their way into salsa recipes, especially when they are going to be served alongside fish or chicken, so why not try mandarin orange for a totally different flavor? We have tried this recipe out and can promise you the flavor is really nice.

Black Bean and Mandarin Orange Salsa
Summary: Black beans team with the sweetness of red bell pepper and mandarin orange to bring you this wonderful salsa, infused with aromatic cilantro and balsamic vinegar.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Sauce
Serves: 3
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, with juice
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed, and drained
  • 1 sweet red pepper, roasted and sliced
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Drain the oranges, saving ⅓ cup of the juice.
  2. Mix the orange sections, beans, red pepper, and cilantro in a big bowl.
  3. Whisk the juice from the oranges, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
  4. Pour over the contents of the big bowl and toss well to mix.
  5. Let marinate for a few hours before serving.

Photo Description:

Mandarin orange and black bean salsa is a versatile recipe which could be served alongside your favorite Mexican recipe such as tacos or a burrito, spooned on top of a fish burger, or served with plain chips as an unusual dipping sauce. This recipe shows you how to make this fruity, sweet salsa. All you need to do is prepare your ingredients, like the chef in the photo is doing, and then combine everything and let it marinate for a while, to intensify the flavors.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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