Cooking From Scratch - Black Bean Burritos
My husband loves black bean burritos. In an effort to get some things in the freezer for him to grab for his lunches I decided to try my hand at making some myself. I have never attempted anything like this before and didn't use a recipe at all. I asked him what things he would want in it and went from there. Here is exactly what I did to create the perfect burrito - according to my husband that is.
16 oz bag of black beans
1 can of corn, drained
1 large can (28oz I think) of diced tomatoes, drain and reserve the liquid in a bowl
1 tube of Spanish rice
1 medium onion, chopped
8 oz pepper jack cheese, sliced thickly
Soak the beans as directed on the package, I soaked them overnight. In the morning I cooked them according to the package and after they had cooled I drained them. Next I cooked the Spanish rice as directed on the package. I found this tube at Wal-Mart in the boxed rice section. I decided to go this route thinking that this would provide the seasoning for the burritos and it seemed to work. If this had not been enough I was going to add some freshly minced garlic and maybe some hot sauce.
While the rice was cooking I chopped the onion and added it along with the corn and tomatoes to the beans. I also sliced the cheese at this point too. When the rice was done I added it to the bean mixture and stirred it up very well. If you find your mixture is too dry, then you can add the tomato juice that you reserved in the beginning. I didn't have to, but I had saved it just in case.
Then I set up an assembly line on my kitchen counter. First the pot of filling, then the plate of tortillas, next the cheese and at the end the tinfoil. I just tore a bunch of sheets about a foot wide and stacked them up. I put 2 small spoonfuls of mixture on a tortilla, topped it with a slice of cheese, folded it and then wrapped it in tinfoil. I really didn't know how many burritos I would get, but it ended up being 20.
The cost breakdown is as follows - black beans ($.98), tomatoes ($.98), corn ($.39), onion ($.25), rice ($.58), tortillas ($1.56 x 2), and cheese ($1.74). The total for me to make the burritos was $8.04 or $.40 each. I never see frozen burritos for less than $1 at the store. So for about 1 hour of my time I saved $12. Add to that the fact that there are no artificial colors, no preservatives, and no ingredients that I can't pronounce and I think it was well worth my time.