conversation-free dinner:: bean burrito recipe


The hardest part of this whole Laura-goes-vegetarian adventure is my husband. We just had a really long "conversation" about how much longer he has to eat non-meats since I do most of the cooking. Now, I like meat. But my husband? He LOVES meat. AND Mexican food. 

So I thought the best way to compromise was to cook more Mexican dishes. I made the beans that we used to fill these flour tortillas (homemade, of course) and then used the leftovers to make veggie nachos the next day.  With a side of mango pico de gallo, dinner was definitely "conversation" free. 

Bean Burritos (Modified from One World Vegetarian Cookbook)
Serves 4
1 onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans kidney beans, liquid drained, washed.
1 20 oz can diced tomatoes
1 t chili powder
1 t cumin
1 t parsley
8 flour tortillas
salt and pepper to taste
vegetable oil
*hot sauce or srirachs for spice, optional

1. Saute the onion in oil until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic.
2. Add in the beans, tomatoes, and spices and cook until heated thoroughly. Using a potato masher or the back of a fork, crush the beans slightly.
3. Fill tortillas with the beans and top with salsa, pico de gallo, plain greek yogurt, or hot sauces. 

24 comments:

  1. I have really enjoyed reading your veggie recipe posts. I have a really hard time processing meats if I eat them everyday, so it's nice to find alternatives. These burritos look amazing! Heather

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  2. I'd say that if hubby wants to eat something other than what you're cooking, he should take out of pot and make it himself. Everyone should learn how to cook. It's self-sufficiency skill no. 3 in the Adult Book Of Life.

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  3. I do love me some meat, but this looks delicious! Might have to try it sometime!

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  4. I make almost exclusively Mexican dishes for my meatless Monday dinners. What you've made here includes pretty much all the staples of most of my cooking - beans, onions, garlic and cumin. Yum! It works so well, and beans take the place of meat nicely. My fiance and I are both huge meat-eaters too, but now that we've done Meatless Mondays for about 6 months, we can't imagine *not* having our meatless meal each week (actually going vegetarian full-time might be tough), and just last night we agreed that we haven't had a bad meal yet. Another thing I love to add into meatless cooking is eggs! They're so filling, and you can do so much with them!

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  5. This looks amazing! I would eat all 4 servings myself... I don't think Matt would live if I had to cook for him all the time. He already doesn't like my cooking, but to take away meat completely might kill him. That's why we compromise by going to way too many restaurants, hehe.

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  6. wowowow, I just got hungry:D
    Looks tasty!I think I should try that and come up with something new:)

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  7. Dude, no lie I am making burritos for dinner (with the meat though). These meatless version sounds like they would be pretty good but I dont think I could get my husband to go for it.

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  8. Laura, it's 2AM where I am and I woke up too early for work and I am freakin' hungry just looking at this photo. Where do I find this burrito at this time! XD

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  9. that looks amazing

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  10. mmm this is making me hungry and I'm bookmarking this for future hunger reference ;)

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  11. When can you come make me dinner? This looks delish!!

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  12. Oh lady, I love burritos, thanks for the recipe!

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  13. this looks really good, actually! yeah, i'd think most guys need meat, haha, but glad to hear he enjoyed this! love the plate!

    [oomph.]

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  14. Yummy! I'm totally going to try that!

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  15. MMMM I will have to try this, it's hard to find burrito recipes without cheese and like I've said before, your mango pico de gallo is a hit in our house! My man has done a 180, from carnivore to vegan in a couple of months and he's loving it!

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  16. This recipe indeed looks like a great alternative. Some veggie meals can be a bit boring so I guess it's a good thing that you've chosen an interesting combination with a lot different flavors.

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  17. These burritos look delicious, I'm definitely going to make these for myself. My husband is also a meat lover/bean hater so this will have to wait until he has a business dinner but I will definitely be making these!

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  18. This looks good! I'll have to sneak this in for dinner one week ;)

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  19. I. Love. Burritos. This one looks so good, it's making me kinda sad that I'm not having burritos for dinner tonight. Haha, anyway. Best of luck on your new meat-free venture. I've thought of it myself from time to time, but have decided rather to limit my meat consumption (and if possible eat that which is local and responsibly raised).

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  20. Hah! Matt and I totally do this too, Laura! We have Mexican beans either on rice or in corn tortillas or in arepas every, single, week. Have you tried adding liquid smoke and/or chipotle to the mix (we get ours in a jar when we can't find fresh). Sometimes I just cheat and throw in the taco mix we brought over from the states (their taco mix here tastes exactly like Indian curry-- love curry, but not in my tacos). Go, vegetarian Laura!
    xoxox,
    Lar

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  21. looks delish - sounds healthy too... far cry from those typical mexican food lol

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