Jan 10, 2013

Creamy Black Bean Burridos

Creamy Black Bean Burritos
created by me
(makes 2 9x13 pans)

16 (10 inch) flour tortillas

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 red bell peppers

2 large onions

1 TBS and 1 tsp minced garlic
2 minced jalapeno peppers, stems and seeds remove

4 (15oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
8 to 12oz cream cheese

1 tsp salt (or more to taste)

1 tsp cumin

1/2 cup (or more) chopped fresh cilantro

3 cups thick and chunky Salsa (a 24oz jar will do)

1 cup dried rice + 1 cup uncooked quinoa, OR 2 cups rice (I cook my rice and quinoa together in the microwave - I feel like the quinoa gives a little more nutritional value and flavor)

4 cups shredded cheese - cheddar, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or a mix - your choice

 optional: diced green chilies

Cook rice or rice and quinoa according to directions.

Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet or other large pot over medium heat. Place onion, bell pepper, garlic, and jalapenos in skillet, cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour beans into skillet, cook about 3 minutes stirring.  Add salt, and cumin.  Reduce heat to low.

Cut cream cheese into cubes and add to skillet. Gently stir until blended throughout. Turn off heat.  Stir in cilantro.

Heat tortillas in small batches in the microwave until pliable. 

To assemble place rice, salsa (optional), and bean mixture down the middle of the torilla and roll up.  Place in 2 9x13 or 4 8x8 (lightly oiled).   Top each burrido with a little salsa (optional), and top it all with cheese.  Either Bake immediately at 350 for about 30 minutes, or cover with plastic wrap and foil and freeze.  Thaw before baking or cook 3 hours covered in foil, uncovering for the last half hour.  Make sure to spray the foil with some oil to prevent it from sticking to the cheese.

***I didn't put in the diced green chilies because my kids would balk.  I also used mild salsa and a combination of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese which was yummy.  If you want more heat, try the chilies and pepper jack cheese, and salsa with more kick. OR if you like a more mild taste, leave out the salsa.  The jalapenos really don't add much heat.  We all really liked this one.**


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