Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chipotle Chili Bean and Rice Wraps

Who doesn't like the ginormous burritos from Chipotle and Qdoba? Now you can make your own! Although that doesn't necessarily require a recipe, this recipe comes pre-eety close to what those gluttonous burritos taste like. Oddly enough, I had this recipe laying around for quite a while. Maybe even before I even liked Qdoba (my place of choice). While this recipe is vegetarian, I did add some chicken for additional protein.

Chipotle Chili Bean and Rice Wraps

1 Tb. vegetable oil
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 - 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
2 canned chipotle chilies, chopped
1 tsp. adobo sauce from chipotles
1/4 tsp salt
4 large burrito-size flour tortillas
1/3 cup sour cream
2 cups cooked white rice
1/2 cup prepared mild salsa
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium meat. Add onion and cook until tender, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cumin and cook 1 minute more. Stir in black beans, chipotles, adobo sauce and salt. Simmer to heat through, about 5 minutes.

Heat tortillas on a hot skillet, turning frequently until hot and pliable. Spread tortillas with about 1 1/2 Tb. sour cream. Lay 1/2 cup of rice in a thick horizontal strip about a third of the way from the bottom. Top with a quarter of the black beans, salsa and cilantro. Fold in the two sides and roll the wrap away from you.

Can be made up to 24 hours ahead and wrapped in foil and refrigerated. Heat in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes to warm through.

For chicken: Pound chicken to 1/2" thickness. Mix 1 tsp. each salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne and 1/2 tsp. cumin on a plate. Dredge chicken in spice mixture and bake in a 450 degree oven for 14 minutes. Can also cook on the grill.

Please excuse the gross pictures. I bit into the burrito then thought, "Maybe I should take a picture."

I have to say, I was impressed with this. I almost couldn't tell you the difference between this burrito and a chicken burrito from Qdoba. The chipotle black bean mixture substituted for the hot salsa. I don't think I even added any additional salsa to the burrito and it was hot enough. The kicker though was the rice. Qdoba has this lime infused rice. So what did I do? Cook the rice, add a few splashes of lime juice and stirred in the chopped cilantro. Voila! Rice that tastes like the restaurant's!

These burritos were stuffed to the rim too. How people making the burritos fold and roll them is beyond me. Probably why they're wrapped in foil - so they'll stay together! The chicken added a nice element of spice to the burrito also. You could do any meat and cook it anyway. I personally think that this recipe as is, is a little boring. If you're going to stick with vegetarian, add some peppers or something else for substance.

I ended up with enough for about four burritos. Love that this gives you the same taste and feeling of one of those tin-foil wrapped burritos and that you know what's wrapped in your tortilla. Simple recipe and easy to tweak to your liking.

Happy cooking!

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