When you purchase burritos at a restaurant, they filled it mostly with white rice, very little protein and lots of iceberg lettuce. Make burritos at home instead, and stuff them with an assortment of nutritious ingredients, so you have a hearty and healthy meal.

Cooking doesn’t have to be a drag.  Have fun with it.  You can have a build-your-own burrito party. Invite friends over early to help slice and dice.  It’ll be a social experience you’ll no doubt want to have again.

This burrito is stuffed with:

  • Cilantro brown rice
  • Black and/or pinto beans
  • Shredded chicken
  • Sautéed veggie blend – zucchini, bell pepper, onion
  • Sliced avocado
  • Shredded dark green lettuce
  • Fresh tomato salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Wrapped in a whole-grain tortilla
  • Topped with enchilada sauce and cheese

Cilantro Rice:

For the cilantro sauce:

1 c. cilantro

2 garlic cloves

2 T. olive oil

4 Scallions

Sea salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

Puree all ingredients in a blender.

Fold into 2 cups of cooked brown rice (cook according to package instructions)

Once rice is cooked, fold in rice and cilantro mixture to coat completely.

That’s it.  Easy!  Set aside.

Veggies:

Ingredients

2 zucchini

1 bell pepper

1/2 large onion

2 large garlic cloves – pressed

1 t. or more to taste of Chili Powder

Sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Slice or dice veggies however you wish

Sauté all ingredients with a little olive oil in a large pan for about 5 minutes and set aside.

Veggies should be crunchy, not soggy.

Beans:

Make beans from scratch per package instructions – these are my favorite.

Time saving tip:  Use canned beans – just rinse.

Chicken:

Time saving tip:  Use a pre-made rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and shred

Dice 4 chicken breast into 1/2 inch pieces.

Brown chicken in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes.

add

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

Saute all ingredients until incorporated.

Cover and simmer for 1/2 hour.

Fresh Tomato Salsa:

Time saving tip:  purchase fresh salsa in the refrigerator section of the grocery store

Burrito Options

Additional ingredients: avocado, corn, fresh herbs

I topped my burrito with Hatch Red Enchilada Sauce and a little organic raw cheddar cheese

Hosting social events is a lot of fun.  It’s good for your heart, good for your mind and good for your soul.  So enjoy your time with friends by having a do-it-yourself, interactive dinner party.  Who knows it may be your claim to fame!  You may become the official Burrito Queen (or King).  How do you party?  What is your idea of a fun time with friends?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

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