Monday, February 7, 2011

Spicy Bean Burritos

I just don't get tired of Mexican.  We make it all the time here.  These spicy bean burritos were delicious, quick and great for our meatless meal of the week.  Beans have tons of protein and fiber which really makes this a satisfying meal. I will be adding this dish to our repetoire of Mexican meals!

Of course, what we love just as much (or possibly more) than the burritos are all the toppings for it -- don't skimp on the guacamole, nonfat yogurt, homemade restaurant-style salsa, lettuce, peppers, jalapeno, cheddar cheese...whatever you love!

Spicy Bean Burritos
Taken from: Annie's Eats
  • 2 tsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. minced chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup water, vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups of cooked dried black beans)
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed (or 1 1/2 cups of cooked dried pinto beans)
  • 6 tbsp. fresh salsa

Some suggestions for burrito fillings:
  • 6 (9- or 10-inch) flour, corn or whole wheat tortillas, warmed
  • Shredded cheese
  • guacamole
  • restaurant-style salsa
  • green, yellow and/or red bell peppers
  • diced tomatoes
  • shredded romaine lettuce
  • chopped green onions
  • nonfat yogurt
  • sliced jalapenos (for even more of a kick!)
  1. To make the bean filling, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, chili powder, chipotle, cumin, salt and cayenne; stir, cooking just until fragrant, 30-60 seconds.  Add the beans and the water or broth to the pan.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove the skillet from the heat, stir in the salsa and mash the mixture with a spoon or fork.
  2. Spoon about a third of a cup of the bean mixture down the center of each tortilla.  Top each bean serving with toppings of your choice.  Roll the tortilla up tightly, burrito style, and serve immediately.

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