Mayan Couscous

While J has been away, I've been touched by the way friends, family, neighbors and people from church have all been looking in on me and the kids. They call, drop by, offer to run errands, and bring over meals. It's hard to remember a time when I felt anonymous in this place. I think if we ever had to leave, I would be heartbroken.

Last week, one of my favorite people {shout out to Mo-reen!} had us over for dinner. She made this amazing couscous dish that I have been obsessed with ever since. She kindly shared the recipe, which she found here.

Try it, you'll love it. I mean, seriously- lime, cilantro and red onion? Heaven!


  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 clove unpeeled garlic
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup canned whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste


  1. Combine the couscous, cumin, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the boiling water and seal with plastic wrap. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. While waiting for the couscous, cook the unpeeled garlic clove in a small skillet over medium-high heat until toasted and the skin has turned golden-brown. Peel the garlic and mince. Stir the garlic into the couscous along with the black beans, corn, onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, olive oil, and lime juice. Serve warm or allow to cool.


LisAway said...

This sounds so yummy. I have never made couscous! (!!) In Poland there are no black beans (or any other bean smaller than a kidney bean) and I have only seen cilantro once in ten years of living here. (snatched it up and then couldn't think of what to use it in!!) and only have cumin because I bring it from the States. And no jalapenos, although I wouldn't use one anyway, since I'm a major wimp.

I still think I might still try this and just sub a different kind of bean and maybe use a little flat leaf parsley in place of the cilantro(same family, right?). It just sounds so yummy and great for summer! I'll let you know how my revised version works when I make it. Thanks for the recipe!!

LisAway said...

Mmmmm! I made this yesterday and we ate it warm. The white beans I found worked perfectly (just weren't as pretty) and I followed reviewer advice and sauteed the onion for a minute (I'm afraid of raw onion). It was delicious warm and I finished it for lunch today and it was great cold, too! Thanks for recommending such a yummy recipe! David, who is so skinny it's not funny (I took a picture of him the other day and he serious looks just like concentration camp pictures. Ugh.) had thirds! I was so happy. I'll be making it again. :)

The Queen Vee said...

I will definitely try this recipe, it looks delicious, thanks for sharing.

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