As I mentioned yesterday, beans are a healthy and filling food. My favorite way to enjoy them is as a part of Mexican food! A few times a month, I’ll create a “Taco Bar” for dinner – lots of veggies, beans, rice, some meat, salsa and guacamole and let the family each create their own meal – tacos, burritos, salads, whatever. It’s always a hit, but I also always end up with TONS of leftovers.
This time around I got the idea (thanks to several Pinterest boards) to use the leftovers to create a bunch of burritos for quick and easy lunches. I turned a show on Netflix and went to town, and it worked out perfectly!
Step one: Set out all your potential burrito ingredients: beans, meat, cheese, salsa, onions, peppers, and tortillas (corn or wheat). I wouldn’t include sour cream or guacamole although they would be great served on top of these once they are thawed. Next, get some paper towels and aluminum foil. I did use a lot of aluminium foil which I wasn’t thrilled about but I figure since there isn’t any actual food on them I’ll at least be able to re-use them later.
Step two: Place a paper towel on a square of aluminum foil. On top of the paper towel set a tortilla. Fill the tortilla with desired ingredients.
Step three: Roll up the burrito, then wrap it in the paper towel and then the whole thing in the aluminum foil. Place in a freezer bag and label – I did a mix of bean burritos and chicken and bean burritos – perfect for meals on the go!
Step four: To heat these up, pull one out of the freezer, take off the aluminum foil, and re-heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes (leave it in the paper towel). If you don’t use a microwave, remove the paper towel too and re-heat in the oven at 250 until warmed through.
The corn tortillas fell apart on me when I re-heated, but they still tasted delicious with a fork! I suspect I just filled them too full.
What a great way to use up leftovers!