I never buy pre-made freezer meals! I hate them.
Well, I lied I do buy them sometimes….for Paul. I would rather make my lunch. Pay half the price. Know what’s in it. Etc. Paul on the other hand would rather eat a bag of pretzels for lunch than make a real one. Yes, this has happened.
So, every so often I will buy him those Evol, Annie’s or Whole Foods 365 Burritos. He loves them. I think they are a gigantic waste of money. They often range between $2.50 to $4.00/burrito, depending on the kind or if there are sales. Crazy. So I decided I would try my hand at making my own! It was a little time consuming but on a rainy Sunday afternoon (not to mention move-in day in Boston…eekk!) I didn’t mind and although I didn’t calculate the price, I feel confident that I am paying a lot less for these homemade babies!
- 6 large tortillas
- 1 cooked chicken breast (crockpot, oven or skillet); shredded
- 1/2 tbl olive oil
- 1/2 onion; diced
- 2 garlic cloves; minced
- 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1/2 can diced tomatoes in sauce (no salt added)
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese; shredded
Cook rice according to package. Set aside.
Saute onion and garlic in olive oil on medium heat. Cook until translucent and fragrant.
Add rice to onion and garlic. Add diced tomatoes. (I only used half a can with half the sauce but feel free to add more) Cook on medium heat until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Wet a paper towel and place tortillas on a plate. Cover tortillas with wet paper towel and heat in the microwave for 15-25 seconds until warmed. This makes them easier to fold.
Spoon equal parts of the rice mixture onto each tortilla. Top with shredded cheese and roll each tortilla up. Cover in tin foil or plastic wrap and freeze.
The verdict? Paul told me these outranked any of the store-bought burritos I have ever bought. Success! He microwaved it for 2-3 minutes, but this will vary from microwave to microwave, Ours is pretty pathetic…