Lightened up Burritos
My favorite type of food, hands down, would have to be mexican. I’m aware Mexican food is often covered in cheese, deep fried, and includes all sorts of fat and carbs.
But I can’t help it, in my world, a perfect night includes tortilla chips and a margarita. I might take it to the extreme, however, as some of my friends have recently pointed out, I make a bigger deal of Cinco de Mayo then I do Christmas!
Black Beans- contain both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vegetable protein and are high in fiber.
Ground turkey-excellent source of protein, contains cancer protective selenium, good source of niacin and vitamin B6, and contains only half the amount of saturated fat found in beef.
I created this burrito recipe as a healthier spin on my husband’s favorite mexican entree. I swap out the traditional white flour tortilla for whole wheat, black beans for refried, and use my own blend of spices for extra flavor.
Add these Burritos into your weekly dinner menu. I think you’ll like them
1 pound ground turkey or lean ground beef
1 can black beans, heated in a saucepan
1/2 diced onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
Whole wheat tortillas
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups diced tomatoes
Salsa if desired
Begin by making the taco seasoning, combine seasonings in a small bowl and set aside. Heat large skillet and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat, saute onions until tender, then add ground turkey While cooking, season with salt and pepper. Once cooked through, drain and place back in skillet. Sprinkle taco seasoning over ground turkey, and add 1/4 cup of water, mix thoroughly and let simmer for 7-10 minutes.
Place a tortilla on a flat surface. Spoon some of the beef mixture on the bottom one-third of the tortilla. Next, add beans, cheese, tomatoes, salsa, and lettuce. Begin wrapping the burrito by folding the left and the right sides of the tortilla inward and then, roll up the tortilla until the seam is down. Repeat to make 3 more burritos. Enjoy!
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- Lauren: Congratulations!:) I check your blog from time to time and I really enjoy it.
- Staci: By the way, these have become my staple for bringing to potlucks, they’re tasty and rich and I’ve...
- Christina: Wow! These sound so delicious. Gluten free is an added plus in my book. I am always looking for GF recipes...
- zephra milde: Does anyone think these could be made without egg whites? Maybe flaxseed eggs instead? Any other...
- Danielle: How to you “slice them” I am terrible at cutting them into thin slices. They are so tough to...