The jerk seasoning used to flavor the filling of this main dish can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets or ordered online. Feel free to add more jerk seasoning to the black beans if you prefer your dishes spicier, or try the recipe with 1 Tbs. chili powder instead. For rich, smoky flavor, choose fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles.
Jerk seasoning—a combination of thyme, allspice, ginger and dried chiles that can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets—gives this chili authentic island flavor. To protect your hands when mincing Scotch bonnet or habanero chile peppers, slip on a pair of rubber gloves. If you want less heat, substitute jalapeño pepper for the Scotch bonnet or habanero.
The sweet, earthy flavors of carrots and peas temper the kick of Jamaican jerk seasoning in these Caribbean-inspired patties. For even speedier preparation, use pre-grated carrots, available in most supermarkets. To make fresh breadcrumbs, trim and discard crusts from firm, fresh sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces, and whirl in a food processor or blender until crumbs form. One slice makes about 1/2 cup. The salsa can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.