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Spicy Black Beans with Shrimp and Chorizo in “Boo Bowls” Recipe

This Halloween dish may not be as whimsical as some I’ve made, but what it lacks in cuteness, it more than makes up for in flavor. The black beans are the star of the show in this one, the chorizo and shrimp merely sing harmony.  Black beans are a flavor explosion, while the chorizo tickles the taste buds and the shrimp play the finale, leaving just a hint of their passing on the back of the palate. The orange isn’t just shelf dressing, either.  As you delve down into the dish, the citrus flavor becomes more pronounced until finally it comes into its own on the very last bite.  A perfect concert of flavors that I really didn’t expect when I started.

I just loved the idea and I hope you will as well.

While the bowls in the photos are done up “Halloween” style, this would be just as wonderful in orange bowls that are sliced straight across, and it would be a lot easier to make. These took a little practice, and two oranges gave their lives needlessly in the filming of this production.  We believe it’s a Halloween curse, but there is no proof of that at this time.  Our lawyers won’t let us say any more about the matter than that.


Yield: 6 servings

Spicy Black Beans with Shrimp and Chorizo in "Boo Bowls" Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 or 3 large oranges, cut in half with orange segments removed.
  • 2 cans black black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 link chorizo link sausage (precooked variety), cut in small cubes
  • 16 oz (by volume) large precooked salad shrimp, drained and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 4 oz chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat beans, salsa, chorizo and chicken stock in a small saucepan until hot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into orange bowls using a slotted spoon (or drain first).
  2. Spoon about 1 tbsp. cheese over the top of each “boo bowl”. Garnish with shrimp and fresh chorizo.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1171Total Fat: 79gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 60gCholesterol: 713mgSodium: 3371mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 10gSugar: 15gProtein: 71g

What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

To make this a complete meal, add a bit of orange zest to the bean mixture and serve over rice. (It’s phenominal.)

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