Forget Beef: Think Beans and Rice in Your Burrito

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When you think of your favorite Tex Mex burrito, is it always filled with beef? Or at least chicken or fish?

Take a walk on the burrito historic side and try one with rice and beans instead.

Placing beef in Mexican foods is something of a United States “invention,” because folks in Mexico first pretty much used beef as a side dish or sort of as a garnishment, not as the main ingredient in their meals. So burritos often were filled with beans and rice.

If you’d like to try a beans and rice burrito, we’ve come across a nifty recipe, courtesy of Kim Hardisan of Florida, via

You will need (for eight servings):

  • One and a half cups of water
  • One and a half cups on uncooked brown rice
  • One medium diced green pepper
  • Half a cup of chopped onion
  • One teaspoon of olive oil
  • One teaspoon of minced garlic
  • One teaspoon of ground cumin
  • One tablespoon of chili powder
  • One-eight teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • One 15-ounce can of black beans. Rinse and drain them.
  • Eight 8-inch warmed flour tortillas
  • One cup of your preferred salsa
  • Reduced-fat sour cream as well as shredded cheddar cheese are optional

To make (should take about 25 minutes):

  • Take a small saucepan and bring the water to boil, then add the rice and return to boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for five minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for five minutes, or until rice absorbs the water.
  • At the same time, take a large skillet and sauté the green peppers and onions in the oil for three to four minutes, or until tender.
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Stir in the chili powder, pepper flakes and cumin until combined.
  • Add the beans and rice and cook and stir for four to six minutes, or until thoroughly heated.
  • Take about half a cup of the filling and place it off-center on each tortilla and then top with two tablespoons of the salsa.
  • Fold the tortillas’ sides and ends over the filling and roll up.
  • Serve with sour cream/cheddar cheese, if desired.

A rice and bean burrito is very healthy. It’s low fat and provides good carbs (the beans). One burrito (without cheese/sour cream) is 290 calories, has no cholesterol (although it does provide six grams of fat, one gram of which is unsaturated fat) and provides 9 grams of protein.

We don’t have beef and bean burritos listed here on our Mattito’s menu, but if you’d really like one, just let your server know.

Check out a Mattito’s location near you soon. We look forward to serving you!

Image courtesy of Justin Smith via