Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fiery Black Bean Burritos

In light of my recent post on reducing food costs, I thought it might be useful to provide concrete steps in doing so.  Aside from learning a few cooking skills to avoid the costs of pre-packaged, processed foods, another sure-fire way to reduce your grocery bill is to eliminate meat one or two days a week--or go completely vegetarian to really cut costs!


Fiery Black Bean burritos are simple and rich in flavor and complexity without a whole lot of thinking or doing!  Additionally, it provides huge amounts of protein, low fat and sugar content, and has a lot of fiber.  You can certainly buy the beans raw and save even further, but using canned black beans is definitely a feasible alternative, and a huge time-saver.  Cost:  $1-1.89 / can.


Equipment:
3-quart sauce pan
Knife, for chopping
Measuring spoons
Stove top with functioning burners


Ingredients:
2 cans (15oz) black beans
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 jalapeños, diced and seeded unless you like a lot of heat
1 Tbls red wine vinegar
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper
1/2 - 1 lime, juiced
1 tsp of honey
1-2 tsp of hot sauce, depending on how hot you want it


Fixin's:
Flour, corn or wheat tortillas
Cheddar cheese or Cojita cheese
Tomatoes
SourCream
Avocado
Salsa
Corn
Green Onions
Sauteed bell peppers and onions, ie like Chipotle's fajita mix

Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Empty the beans into your saucepan and set heat to "LOW-MED".



3. Prep, chop, dice, and mince all of your other ingredients.


4. Add to the beans:
---garlic
---jalapeños
---salt
---pepper


5. Add red wine vinegar and lime juice, starting with 1/2 of lime.




6. Add your honey




7. Add the hot sauce.


8. Stir and combine all ingredients and let simmer on LOW, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.



9. Prepare all the fixin's and set the table!


10. Begin your assembly line--you'll forget all about the meat!



11.  Wrap it up and take a bite...hmmmm! Satisfying!