• Amanda Mirabella

Spicy beef, black beans, cilantro lime rice + bonuses!

Updated: May 19, 2020

I wanted to share a few recipes with some staple food items that you’ll hopefully have around your house! If you’ve followed me for long, you know I hardly ever follow recipes by the letter. I will list the basic ingredients below, but just know that even these can be substituted or adapted! Use what you have, and get creative! I happened to find plantains at Whole Foods, but the meal is still delicious without!

Basic ingredients: ground beef

can of tomatoes- fire roasted is even better


black beans


garlic- if fresh is sold out (a real tragedy) use garlic salt

red onion




If you don’t like to wing recipes as much as I do, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about substitutions or changes! Happy to help.

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Spicy Ground Beef and Black Beans

1 Tbsp Avocado oil

1 lb ground beef

¼ onion diced

4 garlic cloves, crushed (I’ve heard fresh garlic is sold out a lot of places, so substitute ~1 tsp of garlic powder if you don’t have fresh)

1 15oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes (I love fire roasted for a little bit more punch)

1 tsp cumin*

½ tsp cayenne

¼ tsp salt

*If you don’t use fire roasted tomatoes, you may have to increase/adjust the spices just a bit!


-Heat up saute pan to medium high heat and add oil

-Add ground beef and brown for ~10 minutes

-Add onions and garlic, and cook for ~2 mins

-Add can of tomatoes and seasonings and let cook for ~10 minutes you- want most of the liquid to cook down

-Once the tomatoes have cooked down a little bit, take off heat and serve!

Black Beans

2 15 oz cans of black beans*

¼ onion diced

4 garlic cloves (I’ve heard fresh garlic is sold out at a lot of places, so substitute ~1 tsp of garlic powder if you don’t have fresh)

2 tsp hot sauce (I used cholula)

1 bay leaf

½ tsp cumin

¾ tsp salt

Pepper to taste