Spanish Rice & Bean Burritos

A simple and fast recipe from Forks Over Knives. If you don’t have all the different types of chili powders you’ll still be fine, just add a teaspoon of regular chili powder. Taste-test to see if it’s strong enough for you, and if it’s not then add more! There’s a lot of wiggle room with this recipe for trying out different mixes of vegetables and adding other spices you think sound good. 

Ingredients:

Servings: about 6-8 burritos, depending on how full you make them

  • 1 medium-ish onion, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, chopped (any color is fine)
  • ½ –1 jalapeño chile, seeded and finely diced (or about 2-3 tbs. of jarred diced jalapeno)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or about 1 tsp. of jarred minced garlic)
  • 1½ cups diced tomatoes, not drained! (1 can fire-roasted is great!)
  • 1½ cup black beans (or 1 15-oz. can), rinsed well
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ancho chili powder (or other pure, mild chili powder)
  • ½ tsp. chipotle chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • ½ tsp. paprika (smoked is good!)
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • Oil-free whole wheat wraps (I use Ezekiel brand)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: Salsa, Spinach, hot sauce or Sriracha

Directions:

If you have not already cooked the rice, start doing that first then prep all your veggies and spices while you wait.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until it begins to brown.

Add the bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic, and cook for another few minutes.

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Lower the heat to Medium. Add the remaining ingredients except the rice, stir together, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. If it starts to dry out add a little vegetable broth, but you shouldn’t need it with the tomato juice from the diced tomatoes. 

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Once all the veggies are softened and heated through, add the rice and carefully mix together.

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Turn the heat to medium-low and allow the rice to sit with the veggies for about 5 minutes.

Check the taste and see if you want to add sea salt, black pepper, or for more heat you can add either more jalapeno or additional chili powder.

Serve as-is or on a tortilla!

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