Mexican Couscous

Here's the couscous dish I told you about yesterday. Loved it with the Cream Cheese Enchiladas. Unbelievably simple. And if you were feeling guilty about the cream cheese and sour cream in the enchiladas, this dish has very little fat. Perfect side for the rich enchiladas. Have a great weekend!

Mexican Couscous
adapted from Allrecipes
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1 cup couscous, dry  (equals about 3-4 cups cooked)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
fresh ground pepper
1 1/4 cups boiling water

1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup chopped tomatoes, optional
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
zest from one lime
3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

Combine the couscous, cumin, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the boiling water and seal bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside for 10 minutes.
After couscous has "cooked" break up with fork so the pieces are not clumped together.  Stir remaining ingredients into couscous. Add more salt and fresh ground pepper if needed. 
May be served hot, cold or at room temperature. 


  1. A friend of mine made another version of this yummy salad for a large group, served it with tortilla chips and it was a hit ~ it tastes even better the next day, when couscous absorbs all the flavors. Like it hot? Throw in a finely diced jalapeno! A very versatile recipe; thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice to find your blog! So many recipes I want to try. This one too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just made this and it took all of 20 minutes. Tastes wonderful now and I bet it'll be even tastier after all the ingredients get to know each other a little better. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Karen, this is a recipe that definitely gets better with time!

  4. Thanks for this great recipe. We loved it fresh, and used it the next day as a burrito filler with other meat, cheese, etc. Cilantro and fresh lime make me swoon:)

    1. Lindsay, glad this worked for you! I love the ingredients in this recipe as well.


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