Chicken Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Black Bean Burritos are baked flour tortillas filled with grilled chicken, black bean salsa and pepper jack cheese and then served with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh tomatoes. Monterey Jack cheese may be substituted for the pepper jack cheese if you prefer a milder taste. These wonderful and tasty Chicken Black Bean Burritos may be prepared ahead of time and baked just before serving. Add about 5 minutes to the baking time if the burritos have been refrigerated prior to baking.

The Recipe for Chicken Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Black Bean Burritos
Serves 4
Flour tortillas are filled with grilled chicken, black bean salsa and pepper jack (or Monterey jack cheese) and baked until the cheese melts.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed & drained
  2. 2 scallions including green tops, chopped
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 1/3 pounds (about 4) chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  7. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  9. 1/2 pound pepper jack cheese, grated (For a milder taste use Monterey jack cheese)
  10. 4 large (9-inch) flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Light the grill or heat the broiler. In a small bowl, combine the black beans, scallions, lemon juice, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt.
  2. Rub the chicken breasts with the chili powder, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Cook the chicken over moderate heat for 5 minutes. Turn and cook until brown and just done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Remove, let the chicken rest for a few minutes, and then slice.
  4. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Put one quarter of the cheese in a line near one edge of each tortilla.
  5. Top the cheese with one quarter of the black bean salsa and then with one quarter of the chicken slices.
  6. Roll up the burritos and wrap each one in foil. Bake them until the cheese melts, about 15 minutes.
Notes
  1. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some fresh chopped tomatoes.
Adapted from Quick from Scratch Chicken
Adapted from Quick from Scratch Chicken
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Preparation Tips

The chicken for the Chicken Black Bean Burritos may be prepared by the method of your choice but I grilled the chicken breasts for this recipe on my trusty stovetop grill pan. To insure even grilling, I pounded the chicken breasts flat with a meat mallet after placing them in a zip-lock bag with a tablespoon of water. (I believe adding the water keeps the chicken from sticking to the bag and makes it easier to pound.) This step of pounding the chicken is optional – I just wanted to make the pieces flatter and more uniform in size as I think they cook a little faster this way. If you prefer, just grill the chicken breasts without pounding them flat. If you’re short on time, you can always use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.


The chicken breasts are grilled, allowed to rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle down, and then sliced.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the ingredients for the black bean salsa.

To assemble the Chicken Black Bean Burritos, place a line of cheese near one edge of each tortilla. Top that with some Black Bean Salsa, then add some chicken pieces.

Roll up each burrito and wrap in foil. Bake them at 350°F. for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Parting Comments

As I mentioned in my last post Chicken Feta Tostadas, my current mission is to try some new dishes for lunch as I have been in a rut with the same sandwiches for some time. I enjoyed the Chicken Feta Tostadas and the Chicken Black Bean Burritos very much and I hope you do as well because both recipes are fairly quick and easy to prepare. In the near future I’ll be featuring more lunch dishes. Stay tuned!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas make a nice lunch or snack that is relatively quick and easy to prepare. Without meat, Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas are great for “Meatless Mondays” or any day that you would like to skip the meat!

As I discussed in a previous post, Meatless Meals 1 / Love Those Veggies, meatless meals are built around vegetables, grains, beans and nuts instead of meat. Certain health benefits may be derived from eating less meat and more vegetables. The risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity may be reduced by eating less meat and more vegetables. Also, there is no cholesterol in plant-based foods.

Sweet potatoes contain some great nutrients such as beta carotene, Vitamin A, fiber, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties and blood sugar regulating nutrients. Beta carotene is a strongly colored red-orange pigment abundant in fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is a well-known antioxidant and eating a diet rich in beta carotene is an excellent health recommendation.


Black beans have a dense, meaty texture which makes them popular in many vegetarian dishes and especially popular in Latin American cuisine. Black beans contain protein, antioxidants, many minerals and they are high in fiber. Black beans help keep blood sugar levels stable also.

The Recipe

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas
Yields 4
A quick and easy way to have a meatless meal, featuring sweet potatoes and black beans.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium Sweet Potatoes
  2. 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas (8-inch)
  3. 3/4 cup canned Black Beans, rinsed & drained
  4. 1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack or Mozzarella Cheese
  5. 3/4 cup Salsa
  6. 3 tablespoons Butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Pierce sweet potatoes several times with a fork. Microwave, uncovered, on high 7-9 minutes or until very tender.
  2. When cool enough to handle, cut each potato lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp.
  3. Spread pulp on one half of each tortilla; top with beans and cheese.
  4. Fold other half of tortilla over filling.
  5. Heat a griddle, grill or skillet over medium heat.
  6. Brush butter on tortilla and place on griddle buttered-side down, being careful not to spill the contents.
  7. Brush butter on top side of tortilla.
  8. Cook several minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  9. Serve with salsa.
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 The Methodology

To begin making Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas, first cook the sweet potatoes. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork several times (so they don’t explode!) and microwave them on high for 7-9 minutes, until soft. Allow the sweet potatoes to cool for a few minutes, then cut them lengthwise and scoop out the sweet potato pulp. Mash the sweet potato pulp with a fork until smooth.

Next, spread the mashed sweet potato on half of each whole wheat tortilla.

Then top the sweet potato layer with some black beans.

Top the black beans with some shredded cheese.

Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filling.

Brush melted butter over the folded tortilla and place buttered side down on a grill pan, electric griddle or grill or a skillet on medium heat, taking care not to spill the contents. Brush melted butter on the top side of the folded tortilla.

Cook several minutes on each side until the Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Cut into smaller pieces and serve with salsa.

Tasty Tip: I found it easy to cut the Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas using a pizza cutter!

Planning some meatless meals into your weekly menu plan helps keep the food budget in line. I enjoyed Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas because they contain two of my favorite ingredients – sweet potatoes and black beans! I hope you’ll try adding a few meatless meals to your weekly routine – you’ll be aiding your health and your budget too!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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