Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A New Twist on Mexican

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One of the favorite meals in our house is homemade fajitas. I usually end up making them every other week, but this week I felt like we were getting into a little bit of a food rut, so I hunted down a recipe that gave us a little more variety. I found a great recipe by Ellie Krieger that added a punch more flavor, new textures and a much-needed dash of variety to our run of the mill Mexican food night! It also added a light, fresh taste to what can often be a very heavy type of dish.

Chicken and Bean Burrito Verde


- olive oil
- 1 small diced white onion
- 2 minced cloves of garlic
- ground cumin
- 15 oz. white beans (rinsed and drained if you use canned)
- 1/2 cup of low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 tsp. lime juice
- salt and pepper
- whole wheat flour tortillas
- 1 finely diced jalapeno pepper
- 2 cups shredded cooked chicken (the best way is to grill it then let it cool and shred)
- 1/2 ripe avocado, thinly sliced
- fresh salsa or pico di gallo
- lowfat sour cream (if desired)
- shredded cheese (if desired)


1. Heat approx. 2 tsp. of olive oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and cook until translucent (about 3-5 minutes).

2. Add garlic and cumin - cooking for about 3 more minutes until garlic is soft.

3. Add the beans, broth, about a 1/2 tsp. of salt and cook until completely warmed through - about 5 minutes, then transfer to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. You want a re-fried bean consistency.

4. Using the same pan you cooked the beans in, add about 2 tsp. more olive oil and toss in shredded chicken, sprinkle in about a tbsp. of cumin and cook on low until hot.

Combine the shredded lettuce, cabbage and cilantro leaves with 2 tsp. of olive oil, lime juice, a pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper

Layer the burritos and enjoy! We set it up as a "make your own burrito" dinner, that way everyone could choose which toppings they liked. We really loved the addition of the beans and the lime juice/cilantro mixture added a really light and fresh quality.

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