Shrimp and Black Bean Wontons

Black beans are one of those foods that has taken me a while to warm up to.  A long while.  Whenever I wander into Chipotle, I always get my burrito bowl sans beans since I don’t load up on the other fixings that could distract me from the fact that THERE ARE BLACK BEANS IN MY CHICKEN AND RICE.   Good Lord, if that doesn’t make me sound like a picky eater I don’t know what does.  But at least I don’t have any restrictions on letting my foods touch.  That has to be its own special kind of hell for parents of picky eaters.

So yes, distraction is my way of coping with black beans.  If a recipe calls for beans, I look to see if there are enough other ingredients that will provide camouflage.  Or strong flavors.  Major bonus points if both other ingredients and strong flavors are present in the recipe.  Sorry black bean burgers, you will never earn those bonus points in my grade book.

Despite my pickiness, I am slowly beginning to make my peace with black beans.  I don’t have a lot of recipes in my repertoire that use them but at least now I don’t turn my nose up at the rows of black beans lined up like soldiers as I walk through the grocery store aisles.  And occasionally, I even reach up and grab a can or two.

Shrimp and Black Bean Wontons

Adapted from My Morning Chocolate

BAH Note: I had more wontons than I had filling, so I baked some up like chips.  You could, if you were so inclined, deconstruct this recipe so that the wonton filling is baked up in a dish like a dip and served with the wonton “chips”.  Either way, black beans + shrimp + cream cheese + strong flavors = major bonus points.

  • 1/2 can black beans
  • 1 cup cooked shrimp, tails and shells removed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon corriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • wonton wrappers

Rinse and drain the beans and place them in a large mixing bowl.  Chop the shrimp roughly and add it to the bowl of beans.  Add all remaining ingredients other than the wonton wrappers, stir to thoroughly combine, taste and add more spices or salt as necessary.  Cover the bowl and set it aside.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line two half sheet pans with parchment.

Place 10 – 12 wonton wrappers on each pan.  Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling onto each wonton, not quite in the center.  Use a wet finger to moisten two sides of each wonton, fold each wonton in half to form a triangle, and press the edges with the tines of a fork to seal.

Brush the tops lightly with olive oil and bake for 10-12  minutes, rotating the pans halfway through, until the edges are browned and crisp.

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9 thoughts on “Shrimp and Black Bean Wontons

  1. you are kinda sorta speaking my language. beans in general are were not my fave. until i spent a long weekend in puerto rico and tried red beans & rice for the first time. it was a revelation. i have since tried plenty of other beans and recently, i tried cooking black beans to good results. i think the key to beans for me (and to not be bloated etc) is ample soaking. i do not buy the canned stuff, and i soak dry beans for 24 hours and then boil them for another hour to ensure softness and the breakdown of whatever scientific proteins for easy digestion.

    1. I tried my hand once or twice at soaking black beans and making them from scratch. It did not go so well. So this is one of my more tenuous food relationships.

  2. Baked beans are my nemesis, but I LOVE black beans. So I’m glad to hear you’re coming around to them–at least a little. =) The wontons sound scrumptious.

    1. Jenna, I would say that black beans and I have reached “frenemy” status in our relationship. And that might just be as good as it gets ; )

    1. Every time I’ve tried to use wontons creatively like that, I end up in a bad place. Do you know how jagged and brittle those things can get?


  3. Thanks so much for the link. I like the idea of adding shrimp to this recipe, and I never would have thought to use cream cheese. Sounds like a delicious addition though.

    1. Jen, I think I just happened to have some left over shrimp that I needed to use when I made the wontons. And I had seen a shrimp paste recipe that gave me the idea to marry the beans, shrimp, and cream cheese. It was delicious.

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