Spicy Black Bean Lettuce Wraps with Fresh Guacamole
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil * 1x 15oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed * 2 tbsp water * 1 tsp ground cumin * ½ tsp chili powder * 1 tsp smoked paprika * ¼ tsp cayenne pepper * ¼ tsp dried Mexican oregano * sea salt and black pepper, to taste * ½ medium red bell pepper, finely diced (optional)
Guacamole - 2 large ripe avocados, pitted * 1 medium tomato, seeded and diced * 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, minced * ½ medium jalapeño, finely diced * sea salt and black pepper, to taste
Serving - Spicy Mango Salsa * Iceberg, butter, or Romaine lettuce leaves for wrapping
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the beans, water, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, and Mexican oregano. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are warmed through and the spices become fragrant, around 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. While the beans are cooking, mash the avocado in a small glass or other non-reactive bowl. Add tomato, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and jalapeño. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside. Transfer the warm beans to a bowl and add diced bell pepper, if using. Sprinkle with additional spices, if desired. Serve immediately with large lettuce leaves for wrapping, along with fresh guacamole and spicy mango salsa. Enjoy!