Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Confetti Burritos

Tortillas are such a perfect little thing. They come in all different sizes, made of all types of grains, and you can stuff absolutely anything inside them and have a fun, portable meal for the whole family. Most kids will eat anything that's wrapped up taco or burrito-style (hint, hint). Whether you are making peanut butter banana roll-ups for breakfast, turkey and hummus wraps for lunch, or chicken enchiladas for dinner, tortillas are the answer to every time-crunched mom. Try these super-stuffed burritos out on your picky eaters - they just may surprise you. Mine sure did!

Confetti Burritos
Makes 6 medium or 4 large burritos

What I use:
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1/4 c. minced garlic in oil (we're big on garlic around here, you could use 2 Tbsp. and work your way up if you want)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (you can use any bean you like)
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1 1/2 c. cooked rice (white, brown, jasmine, whatever you have on hand)
  • 6 soft taco-size tortillas or 4 burrito-size tortillas
  • Optional toppings - shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream

How I do it:

1. In a large pot, heat the cooking oil over medium heat.

2. Add the garlic, onion, zucchini, and carrots and cook for about 5 minutes.

3. Add the black beans and water and cook for another 5 minutes.

4. Add the rice and cook for another minute, just until the rice is heated through.

5. Warm the tortillas:
  • all on a paper plate for 30 seconds in the microwave, or
  • all wrapped in foil for 5 to 7 minutes in a 350 degree F oven, or
  • one at a time in a large dry pan for 5 to 10 seconds per side

6. Place the mixture down the center of each tortilla. (Add shredded cheese, salsa, and/or sour cream now, if using.)

7. Fold up burrito style (fold the sides in, then fold the bottom up over the middle, then fold up again - for step by step pics, click here) or just in half like a big taco.

Note: If you've just gotta have some meat in there, or if you prefer the more traditional burrito but still want the veggie goodness, skip the garlic, toss in one pound of browned ground beef or turkey, 1 packet of taco seasoning, and increase the water to 1 cup.

I like to make my own tortillas, but I had these on hand. Do you prefer store-bought or homemade? Flour or corn? What is your favorite burrito filling?

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