Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Weeknight Recipe Wednesday: Black Bean Burritos

Kansas City is reaching record high temperatures today. The forecasted high was 60 degrees. Unfortunately, the forecast also included thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 35 mph. Oh well. I'd take 60 degrees and raining over 16 degrees and snowing any day.

Can you believe Christmas is only about 10 days away? If you've planned ahead, you might be done with your shopping and just enjoying the season now. If you're like me, you did some planning, and have made some good progress, but still have a little shopping left to do. This weekend I will become well acquainted with department stores and shopping centers. This weekend, I will finish my Christmas shopping.

Black bean burritos are my idea of the perfect week-night meal. They are super tasty, fall into the category of "Mexican" food, and can be made in 1 pan! Seriously, who doesn't love 1-pan meals? Oh, and they only take about 10 minutes. Make these. Clean up is a breeze and the dishwasher in your house will thank you.

Black Bean Burritosslightly adapted from
serves 2

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (any color)
1 tablespoon chopped or minced jalapenos
1-2 cloves minced garlic, depending on your preference towards garlic
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 oz cream cheese
4 8-inch tortillas

1.Wrap tortillas in foil and place in oven heated to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 10 minutes or until heated through. If you don't want to heat your oven, you could also wrap the tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave them for about 20-30 seconds.

2.Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Place onion, bell pepper, garlic and jalapenos in skillet, cook for 3 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour beans into skillet, cook 3 minutes stirring.

3.Cut cream cheese into cubes and add to skillet with salt to taste. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.

4.Spoon mixture evenly down center of warmed tortilla and add any toppings you want. Salsa, guacamole, avocado, sour cream, and Mexican cheese are all good choices. We usually just add a little salsa. Roll tortillas up. Serve immediately.

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