Black Bean Burritos

I’m not going to lie to you. These little buggers can get super messy – so have a fork handy to pick up the drippings and plenty of napkins at your disposal.  Adapted from vegweb.com with a McMahon twist!

Servings:  6
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Cook Time:  15 minutes

1 head of butter lettuce or non-wheat tortillas (which are less messy)
1 large yellow onion
1/2 cup cold water
1 398ml can of organic black beans *see note
1 pinch cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot)
1 pinch of ground black pepper
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 ripe tomato
1 ripe av0cado
juice of one lime

**you can sub in about 1 1/2 cups of soaked and cooked black beans if you don’t wish to use canned here.

Remove the lettuce leaves from the base in whole pieces.  Wash and pat dry.

Chop the onion and mince the garlic.

In a wok or large skillet, heat the water until it starts to simmer. Add the garlic and onion.

Strain and rinse the black beans. Mash, process or blend he bean into a puree. Set aside.

As the water cooks off the onion (you don’t want to brown the onion) add the apple cider vinegar and spices to the onion mixture.

Add the black bean puree to the onions and combine well.  Remove from heat, cover and set aside.

Chop the avocado and ripe tomato into small cubes (1cm x 1cm).  Combine together in a small bowl and toss with the lime juice.  If you wanted, you could add some chopped red onion or cilantro here for an alternate flavour.

Arrange 4-5 pieces of lettuce on a plate (or one tortilla if not using the lettuce).  If you are using the lettuce as I am here, I like to put the toppings onto the wraps and everyone do the wrapping themselves (because you’ll never get them to stay closed on the plate).  To wrap, I hold fold the lettuce over the filling like a soft taco).  This is a fully interactive dish!  Top with the avocado and tomato mixture and serve.  Don’t forget to warn everyone to lean over the plate!

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2 Responses to “Black Bean Burritos”


  1. 1 Cat Irons September 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Dude….need to add some lime, cilantro, fresh Jalapenos. Just adds more traditional Mexican flavor. Love the butter lettuce instead of tortillas….super healthy!


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