Are you ready for a story? I thought so.
So, yesterday I was getting ready to teach subjunctive to my last Spanish class of the day; I was returning papers and talking to a few students before class started. A couple students were rearranging chairs and desks in the most awkward (windowless) classroom you can imagine.
Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I see sparks. Actual sparks. And not little, either. Probably like a toaster exploding in the movies, or at least something toaster-sized.
Here, I realize that the sparks were coming from an electrical outlet (missing its entire cover, including the little part that the plug actually plugs into). A student, in the process of moving a chair, had bumped the metal-legged chair into said outlet. Luckily, he was holding onto the ceramic/porcelain/whatever-school-chairs-are-made-out-of back of the chair, rather than the sparky metal.
Everyone was fine, but that's just a little too much excitement for subjunctive day...
In the end, I was so very thankful everyone was alright. (Now the story sounds a whole lot funnier than it was at the time.)
After a crazy day, I got to come home and make these spicy bean burgers. Like the sparky chair, despite their unassuming appearance, they have some spice. But, unlike the sparky chair, these little patties are good for your health.
I had these yesterday as "burgers" and today I crumbled one up and used it as taco filling for a couple tacos.
These will surely go in a *flash*! (Sorry. Couldn't help myself.)
Spicy Bean Burgers
Makes 6 burgers
- 3/4 c dried black beans (or 1 3/4 to 2 cups canned beans, drained)
- 3/4 c dried red kidney beans (or 1 3/4 to 2 cups canned beans, drained)
- 3 c water (if using dried beans)
- 1/4 c rolled oats
- 3/8 c water
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes (more if you'd like it spicier)
- salt and pepper, to taste
Make the oatmeal by mixing the rolled oats and 3/8 c water. Microwave it 30 seconds at a time until all of the water is absorbed.
Mash the beans until they're fairly smooth, but still have small chunks of beans. Add the prepared oatmeal to the beans and mix well. The oatmeal will work to bind everything together. Incorporate the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper into the mixture. Add more spices, based on your taste. Combine until the mix is uniform in color.
Divide the bean mixture into 6 equal parts. Form each part into a patty. Cook the patties on a hot, lightly greased griddle. Flip them over after a few minutes when they have formed a light brown crust. The crust will hold the patty together when you serving it. Serve the bean burgers warm and refrigerate leftovers.