National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed yearly from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
In honor of National Hispanic History month, I was sent products from both IMUSA and Goya to create a recipe to help my family celebrate. I love cooking and even more, I love creating recipes.
IMUSA is a leading ethnic housewares brand with deep roots in Latin America and the United States, offering hundreds of affordable housewares products including gadgets, cookware, appliances, cleaning, food storage, espresso, and ethnic specialty items.
IMUSA sent the following items:
The IMUSA caldero is the ‘workhorse’ of any Hispanic kitchen due to its versatility and unique design. The IMUSA 11.6 Qt. Non-Stick Caldero (or ‘cauldron’ in English) has rounded sides, a tight fitting lid, and superior heat distribution. Whether preparing rice, beans, stews or roasts, this cookware will be will your go-to choice. The caldero (or ‘cauldron’ in English) is made of cast aluminum, making it much lighter and easier to cook with than the heavy Dutch Ovens many families have in their kitchen cabinets. The hammered cast aluminum construction offers even heat distribution for consistent cooking, while the non-stick interior allows for easy clean up.
The IMUSA Ceramic Caldero brings an eco-friendly and colorful twist on this staple cookware piece made for cooking a wide variety of dishes including rice and beans, braised meats, stews and soups. Coated with a nonstick ceramic glaze, the IMUSA Ceramic Caldero provides a non-toxic cooking experience free of chemicals, including PFOA, PTFE and cadmium. It is available in two sizes (24 cm and 30cm) and with two different types of lids (glass or silicone rimmed).
The IMUSA Bamboo Spider Skimmer is perfect to use when frying due to the stay-cool bamboo handle. This tool is perfect for lifting dumplings, wontons, and tempura from your wok! The unique design drains liquid quickly from your food after frying for better cooking results.
The IMUSA Bamboo Mortar & Pestle is perfect for crushing fresh herbs and spices. Cooking with fresh herbs provides a much richer flavor when compared to dried herbs.
The IMUSA Tostonera is made from bamboo, ideal for making perfectly pressed tostones (or ‘patacones’) with just the right thickness and shape. The tostonera is an essential tool in the Latin kitchen. Tostones are crispy fried plantains, very popular in Hispanic cuisine as side dishes and appetizers. The IMUSA tostonera easily flattens sliced plantains and prepares them to be fried.
The IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer is a handy tool that makes extracting citrus juice a breeze. Simply press down to squeeze and extract juice while pulps and seeds are being separated. The stylish hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort, and the yellow or green exterior finishes add just the right amount of color to the bar or kitchen. The squeezer juices lemon or limes quickly, with no mess.
The IMUSA bean and potato masher with wood handle is a great addition to your kitchen tool set. Whether you like ‘whipped’ or ‘mashed’ potato you can create just the perfect texture with this tool. The small holes allows you to quickly mash without leaving any lumps. Simply put some elbow grease and mash away!
Easily tear into tins with this can opener by IMUSA. With ergonomic nylon handles and a stainless steel blade, this durable can opener is made to last.
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Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; Goya’s combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make Goya products ideal for every taste and every table.
Goya Sent the following products
- GOYA® Tomato Sauce
- GOYA® Low Sodium Black Beans
- GOYA® Chick Peas
- GOYA® Organic Quinoa
- GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- GOYA® Manzanilla Olives Stuffed with Minced Pimientos
- GOYA® Coconut Milk
- Goya’s Happy, Healthy Celebrations cookbook, a bilingual cookbook packed with 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration!
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So with all these great items I decided to make a Chorizo and Black Bean Soup using the Goya black beans, chick peas, and olive oil. When I make things off the cuff I usually just wing it and add things that I think will taste good. Here’s how the dish came together…
Chorizo and Black Bean Soup
- Goya olive oil
- 1 medium white onion chopped
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- Chorizo, 1 link
- Beef Stock 64 ounces
- 15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 15.5 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup frozen corn
- juice from ½ of a lime
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper
Heat olive oil in a large pot like the IMUSA Ceramic Caldero over medium heat. Add Chorizo. Cook down breaking up into smaller pieces until fully cooked. Drain chorizo and set aside.
Add olive oil, chopped onion, carrots, salt & pepper and stir. Cook until the onion is slightly translucent then add the garlic and chorizo. Cook a few minutes making sure garlic does not burn.
Add the black beans, chickpeas, and corn and generously season with more salt and pepper, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes to taste.
Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 25 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add a squeeze of lime.
- chopped green onion
- sliced avocado
- sour cream on top
- grated cheddar or jack cheese
Winner will receive:
(1) IMUSA Cloth Tortilla Warmer – The IMUSA Cloth Tortilla Warmer makes it easy to serve fresh, warm tortillas at any meal. Tortilla warmers are essential in any Mexican kitchen, used to keep tortillas hot, soft and fresh while gathered around the dinner table.
The tortilla warmer is for microwave use and keeps tortillas or breads warm for up to 1 hour with a built-in insulated pouch. The perforated food safe PVC barrier inside the pouch allows the moisture to escape slowly, preventing the issue of sweating inside. In addition, the polyester/cotton exterior features attractive and trendy designs, adding to its visual appeal on the table. Having cold tortillas minutes after heating won’t be a problem any longer! Also, serve up warm bread, pita, naan, arepas, and more in these warmers.
(1) Goya Cookbook – Goya’s Happy, Healthy Celebrations Cookbook is a bilingual cookbook packed with 30 healthy MyPlate Latin recipes for every celebration!
You can also download a free PDF copy: http://www.goya.com/english/myplate.html
Disclosure: I was sent items from IMUSA and Goya to facilitate this post and offer a giveaway.