Thank God for black beans, cheese, and tortillas. Really. I have made countless variations of bean burritos because they satisfy almost all of my great loves when it comes to preparing dinner: cheap, quick, easy, tasty, and not-appallingly-bad-for-you. I always make sure I have the three basic staples on hand–beans, cheese, and tortillas–mostly because one of the very few meals Charlie will consent to eat is a quesadilla. He doesn’t eat beans, sigh, but I figure if I’m making him a quesadilla, I can heat up a can of beans and Mark and I can have burritos. When I made these burritos the other night, I happened to have both baby spinach in the fridge that needed eating and the remains of a bag of frozen corn from when I made the yummy corn chowder, so I incorporated both of those. I normally don’t use these two things in my burritos, but they were certainly good additions. So, here you have it, the version of bean burritos I made the other night:
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 of a yellow onion, diced
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp olive or canola oil
1 cup frozen corn
1 Tbsp lime juice (I used a pre-made lime vinaigrette we had on hand)
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Baby spinach (about 2 cups, but it really depends on how much you like spinach)
Salsa, to taste
Heat olive or canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the black beans, corn, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat through. Add lime juice.
Put a tortilla in a large saute pan over low heat. Add shredded cheddar cheese (or similar), to taste. Layer on spinach, black beans, and salsa (sour cream is yummy to add too, but I didn’t have any that night). Fold top and bottom of tortilla towards the center and then take one of the sides and roll it up to make a burrito.
This “recipe” makes about 5 good-sized burritos, which is about 3 servings for us. The cost of this meal is going to be difficult to calculate, but I’ll give it a try.
black beans: $.99
onion and other spices: I have no idea. How about $.25?
corn: $.55 (1/4 of a bag that cost $2.19)
cheddar cheese: $.49 (1/4 of a block that cost $1.97)
salsa: $.74 (1/4 of a $2.97 jar)
spinach: $.75 (1/4 of a $2.99 bag)
tortillas: $1.06 (1/2 of a 10-pack that cost $2.12)
Grand total: $5.33
Cost per serving (estimating 3 servings): $1.78
And, keep in mind that this is a more expensive version of the usual bean burritos I make since I don’t normally use spinach or corn. That’s some cheap eats.