Black Bean Fuente

Black beans are a wonderful food to introduce to children as they are packed with key nutrients like fibre, protein and iron. Discussion topics could include that black beans are also called “turtle beans” and they are eaten frequently in the Caribbean and Central and South America. You could also discuss cabbage and how it is grown in abundance in British Columbia and different varieties of it are found in cuisines from all over the world. In this recipe, you could use either red or green cabbage or a combination of both.

10 child-size portions
Preparation Time
10 minutes
Cooking Time
Common Allergens
Equipment List
3 medium-sized bowls
Cutting board
Large saucepan
Large spoon
2 cans (28 oz./796 mL)
tomatoes, diced or chopped
2 cans (19 oz./540 mL)
black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (12 oz./355 mL)
corn kernels, drained
1 tsp (5 mL)
1 tsp (5 mL)
1 tsp (5 mL)
chili powder
3 cups (750 mL)
finely chopped cabbage
½ cup (125 mL)
plain yogurt
½ cup (125 mL)
shredded cheese

1. Place chopped cabbage, shredded cheese and yogurt each in a bowl.

2. In a large saucepan, put tomatoes, beans and corn and heat on medium-high for 5-8 minutes, letting the mixture bubble.

3. To serve, put approximately 1/3 cup of cabbage in each child’s bowl, then top with ½ cup of the bean mixture. Garnish with a large spoonful of yogurt and cheese.

Source: Food Flair Resource Manual, p. 168

Note:  Childcare facilities with 8 or more children should check with their Licensing Officer about what is needed to serve food.

Cabbage that can be used in Black Bean Fuente.
Black Bean Fuente