Always looking for innovative ideas, loved this Burrito recipe by Vanessa!
Do you ever think about how many great stories you remember from parts of your life. Some of my best stories revolve around food? I was lucky enough to have experienced some of the best food around the world through the eyes of my father, who was a master chef. My husband on the other hand, not so much! He tells me stories till this day about Saturday being “hot dog” day, needless to say he will never eat a hot dog.
When we first met he was a little picky and I had to really work on getting him to try new things. This brings me to the “burrito story”. I am a lover of all food never really found anything I can say I don’t like. I was craving Mexican one day and I told him that, now my idea of Mexican and his are very far apart. He says to me “I know a place with great burritos”, I was skeptical but I got in the car and played along. He took me to……wait for it, Taco Bell! Horrified I said no lets go home and I will make you a burrito. It’s a little time consuming but worth every bite!!!
1lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 medium onion (sliced)
1 small onion (diced)
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon dark brown sugar
1 cup canned diced tomatoes (with their juice)
1 large chipoltle (in adobo sauce, reserve adobo sauce)
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (stemmed)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
½ cup low fat sour cream
3 tablespoons diced canned green chilies (drained)
1 ½ teaspoons water
four 12-inch whole wheat tortillas (warmed)
¾ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained, rinsed and patted dry)
1 cup shredded cabbage
½ cup Pico De Gallo salsa
½ cup guacamole
Step 1: Place chicken thighs into a deep large sauce pan. Add onion, garlic and bay leaves. Add just enough water to cover the chicken thighs and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until the chicken pulls apart easily with a fork. Remove the chicken thighs from the pan and shred them into bit sized pieces. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Step 2: In another skillet heat oil. Add diced onion and brown sugar. Cook over medium high heat until the onion is golden brown (about 10 minutes). Add the chipotle, 1 tablespoon of the adobe sauce, and canned tomatoes. Simmer over low (to medium) heat until the mixture has somewhat thickened (about 10 minutes). Pour the mixture in a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over the shredded chicken and mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 3: In a blender combine sour cream, green chilies, and water and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Step 4: one at a time, lay out each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese, spoon the chicken mixture down the center. Top the chicken with black beans, cabbage, salsa, guacamole and sour cream sauce. Bring the sides of the tortilla toward the center of the filling. Fold the bottom of the tortillas up over the filling and continue to roll until the burrito closes.
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