Saturday, February 2, 2013

Recipe Exchange: Blackbean and Spinach Burritos

It's Saturday. Yesterday was Friday. I didn't do anything productive (art wise) and I don't think I'm going to today either. I just need a break after spending 8 hours straight in studio on Thursday. I have done a bit more experimenting with the knitting/ink thing, but not enough to share for now. So today's post is about a new recipe I invented last week!

Last summer at the Smokey Hill River Festival I tried a black bean and spinach burrito, and fell in love. It was AMAZING! So since then I have been experimenting with my own. I did one last semester with black beans, rice and spinach all separate and it was pretty good and decided to do it again for last week's meal. 

This time I happened to have an extra can of both corn and Rotel in my cabinet from a salad experiment gone wrong and decided to add them in. The end results? Brilliant! I present to you: 

Mexican Rice and Bean Burritos. 

1 can of black beans
1 can of Rotel tomatoes (I used the kind with cilantro, but any will probably work)
1 can of corn
1 package of Mexican Rice Mix (my favorite is Mathas (sp?) at Dillons. .99 cents for a package)
1 bunch or package of spinach, fresh.
Shredded cheese
1 can/package of Enchilada Sauce (optional). I used the powder that you add a can of tomato sauce to.
Optional other toppings for burritos.

Open cans of black beans, corn and Rotel, and drain.
Prepare rice as listed on package, and add the beans, corn and rotel to the pot. Let simmer as instructed.
While the rice is cooking, wash and chop spinach.
Prepare enchilada sauce (optional) according to label.
Once rice mixture is done, fill tortillas with mixture, cheese and spinach (and whatever else you are wanting).
Close tortillas and top with sauce and more cheese.

The batch I made ended up producing about 8 burritos. The nice thing about this recipe is that mixing all those things together allowed for less pan usage and the flavors to blend well. I really liked how this turned out.

I also shared this idea with my mom, who decided to turn it into a casserole  She made the rice mixture, than topped it with chicken and cheese and put it in the over for a bit to melt the cheese. My whole family loved it!

I am starting to really enjoy the mission I am putting myself on to find cheap, simple, healthy, delicious meals and am so glad I stumbled upon this idea. Sometimes pouring random things from the cabinet is so much fun! Have you done so recently?




  1. Oh man, those look even better than I imagined! I might make them without the corn though.

  2. I recently had some black bean and spaghetti squash tacos which were really good! Squash is pretty cheap and easy to cook.

  3. Yum. I'm going to try these on my kids.
    I'm always on this mission - you're next task is to make the flatbread. Is isn't hard - I've been enjoying homemade Pitta bread lately - delicious even if a bit misshapen!

  4. This sounds so good and healthy too! Thanks for the dinner inspiration.

  5. Those sound yummy! I think I'll add the ingredients to my shopping list...

  6. Oh, yum! Those burritos sound fabulous! And I agree, some of the very best recipes come from looking around the kitchen and getting creative. :)


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