I am moving toward a more vegetarian diet, reducing my intake of meat. Not that my intake of meat is high but I think the least the better. I still want my diet to be balanced so I decided to try to make a burrito filled with beans given their high protein content. Beans are also rich in fiber and soluble fiber, the latter can help to lower cholesterol, perfect, right? Yes, yes, beans may have a side effect, but you won’t eat them every day, will you?
The first time I tried this dish I was planning to serve my bean burrito with a side of guacamole sauce, but the avocado was really raw :( As soon as the avocado ripened I prepared the burritos again :D Tip: an avocado is ripe when it becomes soft to the touch.
I loooved my bean burrito, but the hubby requested that next time I fill the burrito with chicken and the beans are the side… we will see ;)
With the following ingredients we filled 3 burritos
- flour tortillas
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 onion
- 1 can (250 gr) drained kidney beans
- 60 ml (1/4 cup) water
- 4 tbs strained tomatoes
- red pepper flakes or chipotle chili powder
- 1 cup mexican blend of cheeses (I used gouda, there are no Mexican cheeses on this side of the planet)
- 2 tomatoes
- sour cream (I used low fat plain yogurt)
- Guacamole to dip
If you plan to accompany your burritos with guacamole prepare that first following the instructions in my Guacamole recipe.
For the bean filling:
Drain and rinse the kidney beans.
Slice the onion thinly. In a large skillet heat the olive oil, then add the onion and sauté (Picture 1).
When the onion is slightly brown add the beans, the water, the strained tomatoes, the red pepper flakes (or chipotle chili powder), (Picture 2) stir, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes until it thickens (Picture 3).
Remove from heat and crush some of the beans with a spoon (Picture 4).
Prepare the other ingredients for the filling: wash and chop the tomatoes; wash and slice the lettuce; shred the cheese.
In a clean skillet warm a tortilla on one side, then turn and add some shredded cheese along the center (you can also warm it in the oven spreading some cheese on it, Picture 5), spoon some bean sauce and slide the tortilla on a plate (Picture 6), add tomatoes and lettuce (Picture 7), spoon some sour cream or plain yogurt (Picture 8), wrap and serve accompanied by guacamole.
Enjoy while warm. It is a big mess to eat this burrito, but the mess is all worth it ;)