This Zucchini and Black Bean Skillet is a wonderful way to use up zucchini and is quick and easy.   This makes a great side dish for grilled steaks, pork or chicken.  You could also add meat to this for a complete meal in a skillet.  I think this one will become one of your favorites.  It is great leftover and reheated.  I love it for lunch and can make a meal off it. The cheese really makes this dish, too.
2 medium zucchini or 4 to 5 cups, unpeeled and chopped
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon bacon drippings, Optional
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup diced green onions
1 cup chopped celery
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (10 ounce) can tomatoes with green chilies
1 (14.5 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 cup long grain rice (could use quick cooking rice)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt, Optional
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves
1 cup more or less shredded cheese ( I use Monterey Jack and Cheddar)
Saute’ zucchini, garlic, onions and celery in the cooking oil and bacon drippings in a large skillet on top of the stove until zucchini starts to brown.   Add chicken broth, tomatoes with green chilies, black beans, corn, rice, black pepper, salt, oregano and cilantro.  Cover skillet and simmer 20 to 25 minutes until rice has soaked up liquid and is tender.  Sprinkle on cheese, cover and let melt on top.  Makes 6 to 8 large servings.  Enjoy!
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  1. I found this recipe on another site and bought everything to make it. Meal planning at its finest! But when I went back to it, I realized it was going to be pretty bland. So I decided to click on yours. I’m a southern girl born and raised. You didn’t let me down. This is what I’m talking about! I meal plan for two weeks and will be making this next Tuesday. I cannot wait. I’m even more excited now then I was when I found it this morning. I will be sure to let you know what we think. Thank you!

  2. Michelle Matthews says:

    I happened upon this recipe tonight when I had NO idea what to make for dinner. I had almost all of these ingredients (except for celery), so I tried it. It was delicious! Thank you!

  3. I made your recipe of Fried cabbage and sausage and I have to say it is the best cabbage recipe I have ever tried. My husband raved about it all evening. Thank you so much and keep them coming.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you, Georgia, for trying the recipes and I am so happy you like them. Thank you for letting me know, too. Have a great week ahead.

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