Summertime. When the sun comes out and all we want to do is relax, go to the beach, swim, and barbecue. When I think summer, I think fresh, easy, flavorful but light. So when La Victoria came to me about working with their new Mango Habanero Salsa, my brain started creating recipes faster than I could keep up! This salsa combines the amazing sweetness of mango with the fiery punch of the habanero pepper. I swear, you must check it out, you will love it. It’s so flavorful and delicious that I used it in 3 DIFFERENT WAYS to create a meal so fantastic you can literally taste summer. Say hello to the easiest, and amazingly grillable, vegan black bean burgers and their sweet and spicy creamy sidekick.
Due to the fact that I am a spice addict, this salsa jumped out at me. I admit, there are times that I thrive on sweating while I eat. I know, you’re tempted to stop reading because you think I’m crazy. But I just love it! Any other spice fiends out there? Well, the good news is that this mango habanero salsa is not sweat producing. It’s labeled as medium, and I’d say that’s a fair title. I’ve put on my creativity hat and used it in three different ways: one where it’s quite mild, one where it’s a little more pronounced but still a bit mellow, and one in all it’s spicy glory. This vegan black bean burger is kind of like a choose your own adventure type of meal, you’re in control but I highly suggest going full throttle for a culinary experience that will thrill your taste buds.
Level #1: Easy and Grillable Vegan Black Bean Burger
This is the most mild layer. Can’t handle spice? (cough cough, husband) This level is for you. I use a fun ingredient, the Italian grain farro, to give these burgers a bit of a chew and hold them together. I made a farro salad last month for a barbecue we went to, and I remembered how much I love it because of it’s al dente perfect chew. I immediately knew I wanted to create a burger with it! I even already have another in the making (yes, I am a burger addict). And look at those grill lines, swoon! While farro is not completely gluten free, it is more tolerable in digestion and we tolerate it just fine. If you are completely gluten free, feel free to sub with brown rice. It won’t be as chewy in texture, but it will still do the trick. These vegan black bean burgers are 5 ingredients, including the amazing mango habanero salsa that gives it a flavor you won’t find elsewhere!
Level #2: Vegan Mango Habanero Cream
Yep, another sauce. I know what you’re thinking, does this blogger ever NOT make a sauce? No. You should know by now that I am as much as a sauce addict as I am a spice addict (Well, and tacos and pasta and burgers and chocolate. I may actually just have a love affair with good food). But lets be real, what really is food without sauce? In this one, I take the flavor that the mango and habanero salsa already has, add in some cashews for the creamy factor (way better than real cream, on account of the no ballon stomach bloat and no animals harmed), a touch of lemon to counteract all the sweet and spice, and out comes this creamy goodness that I promise will have you licking every drop. Don’t cut your tongue on the Vitamix. If you are hypersensitive to spice, try a touch before slathering it over your burger. If you love spice, go. to. town.
Level #3: Avocado Cabbage Slaw and Straight Up Salsa
Texture. I have a love hate with it. I hate mush and too much moisture in things. I love crunch and having a variety of textures in my meals. This vegan black bean burger has it all. The topping on the cake (or in this case, burger) is the added layer of avocado cabbage slaw that gives this vegan black bean burger some crunch. And with avocado, mango habanero salsa pairs insanely! This gives my recipe a full spice level. For those of us that love the burn, definitely add more salsa. If you cry at the site of a pepper, this extra oomph may not be for you.
So as if this triple threat recipe wasn’t enough flavor for you, La Victoria has more amazingly delicious recipes you can use this salsa for (because I know once you try it you will buy a case). And here’s the kicker, if you enter their “View from My Plate” Instagram giveaway, you have a chance to win a Classic Four-burner Gas Grill of your very own (valued at up to $500)!!! I mean, seriously?! These GRILLABLE vegan black bean burgers can be made on a brand new grill! I know, I know. You love me. All you have to do is click here for the details (see the very bottom). It’s super easy, just share a photo of your favorite dish on Instagram (or Facebook) with #ViewFromMyPlate, #MangoHabaneroSalsa and tag @LaVictoriaBrand. What better way to share the beauty of summer food?
So now that I’ve made your day, make mine and leave me a comment here to let me know what you think! You can also find me on Instagram, at veggiesdontbite AND #veggiesdontbite (my personal tag for pictures of all the awesome recipe remakes), and on Facebook. I want to know what level of spice you are! Crossing my fingers there are some addicts out there…