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Neil’s Chipotle Bean Burritos

By January 4, 2011June 10th, 2011Food, Main Courses, Neil, Recipes, Vegetarian

Chipotle Bean Burritos

Bean Burritos are a pretty easy, healthy lunch standard around our house. How hard is it to drain a few cans of beans and throw them on a tortilla? The simplicity is why I didn’t starve to death in college. Well that and pizza rolls, but that’s for another day.

Chipotle Bean Burritos

If I were being completely honest though, bean burritos can be a little boring. So as Neil loves to do, he found a way to church up a few boring bean burritos a bit this weekend, and now I can’t stop eating them. Which I don’t have to feel bad about because they are veggie packed slathered with healthy Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I’m pretty much of the belief now that yogurt is my new applesauce when it comes to cooking and baking. But anyway, here is Neil’s Chipotle Bean Burrito recipe:


via Pink Parsley/Cooking Light
2 teaspoons canola oil (for cooking)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup water or chicken/vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup fresh salsa
4 10-inch tortillas (your preference, we used these)
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 ½ cups chopped spinach (destemmed)
6 tablespoons sliced green onion
6 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
Shredded cheese (optional and to your preference)


Chipotle Bean Burritos

1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, chile powder, chipotle chile, cumin and salt and cook 1-2 minutes or until the smell takes over your kitchen.

Chipotle Bean Burritos

2. Add beans and water/broth, and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to medium-low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in salsa and mash lightly to soften beans.

Chipotle Bean Burritos

3. Spoon about 1/3 cup of the mixture down the center of each tortilla. Then top each with a serving of shredded cheese (optional), tomatoes, spinach and green onion. Finish it off with a slathered dob of Greek Yogurt and roll tightly. NOM immediately.

Chipotle Bean Burritos

Chipotle Bean Burritos

The ingredient list may seem a little daunting, but I assure you most of it is already in your pantry. The secret in my opinion to this wrap’s success is the adobo. It perfectly marinades the beans and the sweet and smoky taste compliments the Greek yogurt amazingly.

These were done and on the table in less than 20 minutes. We’re making them again tonight to use up the rest of the chiles and spinach. There are very few meals I can eat three times in a row, but I’m ready for dinner and it’s not even lunch time!


  • that last photo is just stunning!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Emily says:

    Mmm, what a yummy looking lunch!!

  • MarytheGoodNeighbor says:

    Being half-Bulgarian, I am ALL about the yogurt! And the Greek-style yogurt has that amazing tang to it that no other yogurt has. Have you tried making yogurt cheese? Very easy, and so tasty you may never buy commercial cream cheese again.
    Take a container of plain or Greek yogurt that has no gelatin or fillers in it. Empty it into a sieve or colander lined with several layers of cheesecloth placed over a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 24 hours. The resulting thickened yogurt is amazing, and can be flavored with either savory or sweet spices for a lovely dip or spread. When it has chopped up candied fruit in it, it’s called “paschka”, and is used as a spread for breads during the Easter celebrations.

  • Jessica says:

    Mary you are just filled with so many new ideas we’d never think to try! Definitely trying that soon!

    @emily, @cathyb Thanks!!

  • Heather says:

    These look absolutely perfect. I may have said “Oh, holy hell!!” in my head when I saw the photo. 🙂

  • Jamie says:

    Haven’t ever written a review on a recipe before, but had to comment on how amazing these are. Not familiar with the chipotle chiles (now I’m hooked), I followed the recipe exactly, and have no regrets. Delicious. Thanks!

  • Jamie says:

    Ooo! I should mention… I did change one thing upon going back for seconds. I heated up some frozen fajita-style chicken, chopped up, threw in with the bean mixture. Once my burritos were stuffed, I seared them in the panini maker for a minute or two for a nice grilled composition. Mmm.

  • Jessica says:

    We made these 4 days that week (I know…WOH), each night adjusting the recipe. It’s good no matter what you do to it. It’s the chiles, I swear!

  • Sharrie says:

    Isn’t yogurt made from cow’s milk? or goat?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Sharrie! This is an older recipe that we made before going mostly Paleo. It’s still really healthy, and it’s something I’ve been dying to make again. If you’re looking for something Paleo, this is probably isn’t the best bet, as even the substitution of non-dairy yogurt would still leave you with beans and the wrap, but it’s a good recipe nonetheless. Let me know if you have any other questions!