Crispy Black Bean Burritos combine black beans with sautéed vegetables, brown rice, and cheddar cheese for a healthy, balanced vegetarian meal with complete proteins, all wrapped up in a toasted tortilla.
Fact: I will never, ever, ever decline the opportunity to eat Tex-Mex food. Whether it’s the simple walking turkey tacos, Son #1’s Famous Chili, or even savory Huevos Rancheros Oats, I crave those southwest flavors in my food all the dang time. Lately, that constant Tex-Mex craving has included black beans in place of meat, as seen in these Roasted Black Bean Tacos. There’s just something about the combination of spices and fresh ingredients in Tex-Mex cooking that whispers to my soul through my stomach.
I’m a firm believer that a good taco or burrito can cure what ails ya!
So let’s talk about burritos, shall we? Specifically, let’s chat a bit about these Crispy Black Bean Burritos. Tender black beans combine with whole grain brown rice, fresh vegetables, all rolled into a toasted flour tortilla makes for a satisfying, balanced vegetarian meal with complete proteins.
Food Dork Trivia Alert! Crispy Black Bean Burritos contain two forms of complete proteins. “Complete protein” refers to the number of amino acids present, of which there are 20. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Our bodies naturally produce 11 amino acids. The other 9 amino acids, called essential amino acids, need to be sourced from food because they are necessary for optimum health but our bodies can not make them. Meat, eggs, and dairy products contain all nine of the essential amino acids, therefore are categorized as complete proteins. Most plant based proteins are not complete, so need to be combined with other plant based proteins in order to be “complete.” Plant based proteins should also be combined with fruits or vegetables Combining beans with rice completes the proteins in each food. Adding cheese to beans and rice gives more health benefits and added vitamins than from the beans and rice alone.
I’m a burrito lover from way back, but I tend to default to tacos because they just seem easier. The stickler of the taco situation is that I feel the need to eat more than I should because a single taco simply doesn’t hold enough filling to constitute a meal. Yet, bits of delicious filling in tiny tortillas make portion control a challenge. Burritos are the perfect solution because they are essentially giant tacos because they hold more filling in a slightly larger tortilla.
Although, I loathe nothing more than rolling up a burrito only to have the filling spill all over my lap as the tortilla inevitably comes unraveled. Please tell me that I’m not the only one that struggles with properly rolling a burrito so that the filling stays put! After a little instruction from a friend, I’ve masted the burrito rolling situation, and then took it a step further to ensure maximum enjoyment with minimal mess. It’s all about the method, Friends. Be sure to look at the method collage at the end of this post for visual instruction on how to roll burritos to keep the filling locked in tight!
Once assembled, Crispy Black Bean Burritos solves this problem by toasting the flour tortillas enveloping these burritos in a hot skillet before serving. Doing so crisps the exterior enough to seal in all that delicious filling to keep it from falling out upon first bite. My craving for Tex-Mex is satisfied with a tasty burrito, and I won’t require a change of clothes after eating it. It’s a win-win proposition if ever there was one!
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