The World's Healthiest Foods

Black Bean Burrito, Indian Style

The combination of healthy ingredients in this burrito recipe will surprise you with its flavor. It brings together Southwestern ingredients with Eastern seasoning for an unusual and exciting twist on a favorite dish of many without the usual fat. The blended spice, garam masala is easily found in the spice section of your favorite market.

Black Bean Burrito, Indian Style Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 medium onion cut in half and sliced thin
4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
1˝ cups sweet yam cut in ˝ inch cubes
1 cup green peppers, thin julienne
1 cup red peppers, thin julienne
1 tsp garam masala
˝ cup + 1 TBS vegetable broth
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
*optional 2 oz Chevre goat cheese
salt and black pepper to taste
4 whole wheat tortillas

*(optional) prepared salsa
1 head of romaine lettuce, shredded (remove outer leaves and discard)

  1. Prepare vegetables by chopping and slicing.
  2. Heat 1 TBS broth in a 12inch non-stick skillet. Healthy Sauté onion, garlic, ginger, and peppers in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garam masala, yams and mix well. Add broth and cook covered on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add beans making sure they are drained well first and mix. Cook for another 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
  4. While vegetables are cooking shred lettuce. You also might want to wrap tortillas in foil and place in the oven to warm while you are preparing the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Place vegetable mixture in tortilla and top with some goat cheese. Roll and top with salsa and shredded lettuce.

    Serves 4

Healthy Cooking Tips: Cutting bell peppers thin and the sweet potatoes small will allow their flavors to blend together better as they cook than if they are cut into large pieces. Try to cut them as directed for best results. Store your leftover spices in the freezer to keep fresh for the next time you want to make this wonderful dish.

This page was updated on: 2002-09-27 13:24:20
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