Monday, June 16, 2008

AMAZING Cajun-Style Rice and Refried Bean Burritos!

My fiancee and I loooove spicy food. Not the 'burn your tongue until it's painful and you can't eat for three days' spicy, but moderately spicy. I found a recipe in a magazine for refried beans and cajun-style rice burritos, and had to try it - MY way! With the right substitutions, this is vegan, gluten free, egg free, corn free, soy free and dairy free, just use a dairy free substitute for cheese and sour cream. The results were delicious and this is what I did:

6 Gluten-free tortillas
Shredded Lettuce
1 Medium Tomato, diced
Grated low fat Cheese, or substitute
1 Cajun-Style Rice Recipe (below)
1 Refried Beans Recipe (below)
Guagamole (optional)
Sour Cream or Substitute (optional)

Cajun-Style Rice
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup Onion, Chopped
2 Cups Vegetable or Chicken Stock
1/2 to 1 Cup Red Pepper, chopped
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Chili Flakes
1 tbsp Dried Parsley
1 tbsp Dried Cilantro
3/4 Cup Brown Basmati Rice

Heat oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add stock, red pepper and seasonings and bring to a boil. Add Rice and stir occasionally until water is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

Refried Beans
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Onion, Chopped
3 Medium Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1 Can Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
2/3 Cup Vegetable or Chicken Stock, plus more (possibly)
1 tbsp Dried Parsley
1 tbsp Dried Cilantro
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the oil over medium heat in a medium pot. Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes, until tender. Add garlic, chili powder, parsley and cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of stock and beans and cook until heated through and starting to boil, usually 4 or 5 minutes. With a potato masher, coarsley mash the beans, adding more stock to get the desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

To your tortilla add a little of the cajun-style rice, a little of the refried beans, top with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes and your favourite salsa and guacamole, maybe even some sour cream and you are ready to go!

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