Really, I Blog To Make My Friends Feel Like G-List Celebrities.
Oh, and also because it’s like this journal where I can expose all of my innards to the outside world.
Sometimes I have to think really long and hard about the serious things I want to post — things like my quarter-life crisis and joblessness and depression and wanderlust — but I can also track certain life milestones, recipes I like, little things I’ve accomplished around the house, and random thoughts I have.
For example, it’s my day off today, and this morning I’ve already been very productive. I took each of my mutts for a dip in the lake (without getting attacked by dogs that resemble mop heads or pushed ass-backwards into the water); I caught up on some light blog reading; I tried cyber stalking my little sister’s new boyfriend, but apparently the man is like a steel vault; I ate a piece of toast with some of this fantastic Vintage Bee creamed honey (3rd down on the page) that I acquired from a wine-tasting festival this summer (I know — I couldn’t believe I bought something besides wine either); and I also ate 4 bites of cold, leftover crispy burrito from last night — straight from the fridge.
Hey, if I want to eat cold leftovers for breakfast, that’s my prerogative.
Plus, all this baby talk has made me crave burritos.
Plus, they go really well with coffee.
And you don’t discover these things until you experiment a little.
So, are you interested in making your own burritos so you can eat them cold with a warm cup of coffee? I’m going to assume you answered yes, since I really wouldn’t understand the alternative.
I got the recipe from a site called Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She actually calls them “Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps,” but I tend to think “burrito” is a better word, since “wrap” makes me think of whole-wheat or sundried tomato tortillas with turkey, avocado, sprouts, and other things you might eat when you want to feel healthy. But burritos? Burritos make me think of beans, rice, southwest seasonings, roasted chicken and sour cream — warm things that fill my belly and make me smile.
And that’s exactly what these puppies do.
To make them, you will need:
- 1 cup cooked rice (I used brown basmati, but really you could use whatever you have lying around)
- 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken (I bought one of those roasted chickens from the grocery store, since Justin likes to use the leftovers to make chicken salad for lunches. Plus, I’m lazy.)
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 cups shredded cheese (like Mel, I used cheddar and monterey jack)
- Sour cream (Mel says this is optional, I say it’s not. Though I’m not sure I’d win if we had a street fight over it because while I might be scrappy, she has 4 sons.)
- Tortillas! This recipe will fill about 6 “burrito size” tortillas. (Totally forgot these on the list when I first wrote the post — thanks, Katie!)
The awesome thing about this recipe is that as long as you have the rice and seasonings, you can really play with the other ingredients as much as you want.
As per usual, especially with any type of taco/wrap recipe for some reason, my photos of the end product are terrible. One problem is that I don’t have time to cook when it’s light outside. So, I’d highly recommend visiting Mel’s Kitchen Cafe if you want to see the deliciousness that really comes out of this in the end.
1) Start cooking your rice. While that’s happening, chop up the green onion, 1/2 of a bell pepper, and 1/4 cup of cilantro.
Go ahead and grate the cheese at this point, too.
Cooking is all about time management.
And wine drinking.
But mostly time management.
2) Once the rice is finished cooking, stick it in a bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients except the cheese, sour cream, and torillas.
1/2 Tablespoon of chili powder…
1 teaspoon of cumin…
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt…
Lime juice… this is ESSENTIAL. Don’t leave this out!
Normally, this is where you would add the black beans. Unless, of course, you set them in the sink to drain after rinsing and completely forgot about them until after your first batch of burritos was already cooked. Then you would need to add them to whatever filling you have left. Oops.
3) Layer the cheese on a tortilla, then give it a couple dollops of sour cream (do NOT skip the sour cream!), then add the filling mixture.
4) Roll ‘em on up, then coat the burritos with cooking spray and cook for a few minutes per side in a skillet that you preheated over medium heat.
They should get nice, goldeny, and crisp. And messy.
Give ‘em a little poorly placed cilantro hat if you want to get fancy.
Sure, they’re not as adorable as baby burritos, but you can eat them, which makes them even better than a baby burrito in my humble opinion.
Meh… okay. It’s a toss-up.