My husband used to love these southwest packs he’d find at Sams Club. It was a meal sized pack of black beans, corn, bell peppers and onion that was perfect to ad to any Southwest dish. Sadly we can’t find them anymore, so we decided to make our own. We truly enjoy making a lot of these type of staples at home. Cost wise, I don’t think it saves us much, but we can control the amount of salt and preservatives by making it homemade.
These packs are super easy. All you need is:
- Cans of black beans (this is the one ingredient we didn’t do fresh… next time we will!
- Bags of frozen corn (ok not truly fresh, but better then canned!)
- Bell peppers ( whichever colors you like)
- Onion (whichever your favorite one to use is)
- Drain and rinse the cans of beans. Let them sit in the colander in the sink to let drain as much as possible.
- Spread the beans out on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and stick in the freezer to flash freeze.
- Cut up the peppers and onions into small pieces (your preference on size). Spread these out on another cookie sheet with parchment paper and flash freeze these as well.
- When everything is frozen, take all ingredients (beans, corn, peppers and onion) out of the freezer and mix it all together in a large bowl.
- Then separate out into baggies and freeze. If you have a food saver, this is a good place to use it. Or if you have one of those old Reynolds air sucking freezer bag deals, use that! You can still find the ziploc bags to go with the Reynolds air sucker occasionally. This is what we used.
- Put your Southwest packs in the freezer and pull out as needed. You shouldn’t need to thaw them out to cook with either!