How to Make a Basic Bean Burrito - dummies

How to Make a Basic Bean Burrito

By Suzanne Havala

You can doctor up this vegetarian burrito any way you like, but here’s a barebones version that virtually everyone loves. If you use whole beans, mash them with a potato masher or fork and mix until smooth in consistency. Cheese eaters can add a couple tablespoons of grated cheddar cheese or cheese alternative to the topping if desired.

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

Yield: 4 burritos

2 cups canned vegetarian refried beans or plain mashed pinto beans or black beans

Four 10-inch flour tortillas

Chopped tomato, Romaine lettuce or spinach, and green onions (any combination, about 1 cup total)

1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt (vegans can use soy yogurt)

1 cup salsa

  1. In a small saucepan, warm the beans over medium heat until heated through, about 7 minutes.

  2. For each burrito, follow these instructions:

    Lay a tortilla flat on a dinner plate. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the beans onto the center of the tortilla.

    Fold one end of the tortilla toward the middle, and then fold the sides toward the middle. Leave the burrito on the plate with the end of the fold tucked underneath so that the burrito doesn’t unroll on your plate.

  3. Top with salsa, chopped tomato, greens, and green onion. Add a dollop of plain yogurt and serve immediately.

Per serving: Calories 275 (From Fat 41); Fat 5g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 197mg; Carbohydrate 45g (Dietary Fiber 6g); Protein 14g.