Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bountiful (Meat-Free) Burritos

In the endless pursuit that is my obsession with Mexican food, I found this little gem.  While it may not be an overly complicated recipe and packed to the gills with meat, its simplicity won me over and what a delicious delight this dish turned out to be! 

The Recipe:  Cheesy Baked Bean and Rice Burritos
Original Recipe Adapted from a Recipe Found On:

What You'll Need:
1 (16 Ounce) can of Refried Beans
2 Tablespoons of jarred Salsa (your favorite will suffice)
1 Teaspoon packaged Taco Seasoning Mix
1 (10 count) package medium soft, taco-sized flour Tortillas
1 Cup prepared Mexican Rice
1 Cup shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

To start, preheat an oven to 400 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by covering it with foil and top with non-stick cooking spray.  In a small mixing bowl, add the refried beans, taco seasoning, and salsa and thoroughly mix.  Set the bowl aside.

Warm the entire stack of tortillas in the microwave for 20 seconds, just to slightly warm them.  Place a tortilla on a cutting board and place a couple of tablespoons of the refried bean mixture in the center of the tortilla.  Next, layer a couple of tablespoons of the rice and finally top with some cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.  Fold in both sides and then roll the tortilla up.  Place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.  Continue the process with the remaining tortillas.  Coat the tops of the burrito with additional cooking spray.

Once all the burritos have been prepared, bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes.  Remove the baking sheet from the oven and using tongs, very carefully flip each burrito over to brown the other side.  Return the baking sheet to the oven for an additional five to ten minutes or until each sides has browned slightly.  Serve and enjoy!

The End Result:

I realize refried beans aren't the best to photograph after I took this picture!
If you are looking for a quick, simple, meatless Mexican dish to whip up, this recipe is for you!  Sometimes, it's nice to go au natural when creating a timeless dish.  This dish, packed with cheesy, protein-rich goodness is delightful, and never heavy.  If you want to serve with addition salsa or sour cream, be my guest.  But this one is best left alone and you will be rewarded!

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