So I was attempting to create yet another veggie burger recipe using black beans. After sautéing some veggies, draining and rinsing my beans and tossing it all together with spices, bread crumbs and tomato paste in my food processor, I ended up with a mixture that had the consistency of chili. “Do you think these will hold together as burgers?” I asked my husband hopefully. “Nope. Not a chance” he quickly answered. Darn!
But wait- it might be mushy but it tastes amazing. What if I chuck the burger idea and turn it into scrumptious Black Bean Burritos? Bingo!
These were easy to make, family friendly and thanks to the processed veggie/bean mixture had the taste and consistency reminiscent of burritos made with beans and ground meat. I gently heated it on the stove and tucked it into some wraps with shredded lettuce, fresh cilantro, chopped tomatoes and grated cheese (vegan or regular will work).
Add a side of nacho chips, salsa and sour cream (I used Sour Supreme) and just like that burger night became a Mexican fiesta. Ole!
Black Bean Burritos
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Portobello mushroom caps, chopped
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 15 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can of tomato paste
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
Dash of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
4-6 large whole wheat wraps
Toppings as desired (salsa, freshly chopped cilantro, chopped lettuce, grated cheese, sour cream, etc)
Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes longer.
Put onion mixture into your food processor and add black beans, tomato paste, bread crumbs, chili powder, tamari and salt and pepper. Whirl for 1-2 minutes until combined, scraping down sides as necessary.
Transfer mixture to a medium saucepan and warm gently on the stove top.
Heat wraps for 1 minute in a warm oven. Spread approx. 2 tbsp. of bean mixture down the middle of each wrap and add toppings of choice. Wrap them up and enjoy!