Prep 24 hrs
Cook 1 hr
This recipe for burritos is healthy because it uses lean ground turkey, whole wheat tortillas, brown rice, and reduced fat cheese. You only need 1/2 lb of beans to make this, but I always save myself some time and cook an entire 1lb, and freeze half. Next time I make burritos, I won't have to cook the dry beans first! VEGETARIAN OPTION: omit the ground turkey and use an entire lb of dry beans to make your burritos.
- 1⁄2 lb dry pinto beans (or 2 cans of beans)
- 1 cup brown rice
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 1⁄2 cups salsa
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese, Cabot reduced fat, grated
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or fresh garlic)
- 1 dash salt (optional)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 lbs whole wheat tortillas
- 1 dash hot pepper
- Heat 10 cups of water to boiling in a large pot. Rinse the dry beans and pick out any stones. When the water boils, blanch the beans for 2-3 minutes, then remove from heat and cover. Hot soak for 4-16 hours.
- Drain the water from the beans and rinse. Pour into a crock pot and add enough water to cover and the salt. Cook on low for for 8-12 hours.
- When the beans are tender, freeze about half for a future batch of burritos or re-fried beans. (If you are using canned beans, start here.) Cook the 2 cups of rice as per the directions on the bag of rice.
- In a large skillet add the olive oil and cook the ground turkey. (Grate the cheese while your cooking the meat to save some time.) When the meat is no longer pink, add the beans (including the liquids) and garlic. Using a potato masher, mash the beans. It will take some muscle to get it all mashed together. Add the salsa and the hot peppers. Cook until the water is reduced and the beans and meat thicken.
- Assemble the burritos with a scoop of bean-meat mix, scoop of rice and a sprinkle of cheese in the center of the tortilla. Fold side, bottom, side, then top. Wrap in wax paper and freeze in a zip lock bag. Or you can put 3 or 4 into lunch containers and freeze.
- To reheat: microwave 1 minute each side and/or toast in an oven or toaster oven 350 for about 10 minutes.
Not being vegetarian I used the ground turkey and other ingredients given. I did skip the rice because I only had small tortillas, and I wasn't confident about using two fillings. My burritoes would not make a very nice picture, but they did turn out to be delicious. Thank you very much for posting this convenient, easy and tasty recipe.
This is NOT a vegetarian recipe!!! Ground turkey is an animal meat and therefore should not be included in a vegetarian category. "True" vegetarian eat NO ANIMAL FLESH whatsoever. This should have been in the low fat or healthy meat option.