Sunday, March 04, 2007

12 Step burrito

My recent favorite local foodie stop is Xinantecatl, a Mexican grocery and grill a couple blocks from the house. I usually stop in to pick up plantains and avocados, and we really love their veggie burritos. Even without the beans (they're cooked in lard), the burritos are super filling, have a great texture and are quite delicious.

Lately though, Jason's fondness of the Xinantecatl veggie burrito has slowly shifted from general admiration to uncontrollable addiction. He's obsessed. He schedules appointments only after considering where a Xinantecatl stop will figure into his plans, and he shamelessly buys burritos for friends and family members in an effort to get them "turned on" to the "rice and veggie high, man." He's out of hand.

Out. Of hand.

He thought long and hard about his addiction, how it's influencing his decisions and effecting his relationships. And by "long and hard," I mean 4.2 seconds. His very thoughtful solution was, rather than working the 12 steps to overcome his ungodly desires to consume the burrito ("that's a lot like work"), to become a burrito super chef in his own right. Meh, he's getting older you know, the fight's just not worth it anymore.

Serves: Two bigguns'
2 whole wheat tortillas
1/2 can refried beans
1 cup cooked quinoa (add Bragg's to water when cooking)
1 cup cheese/not cheese
1 handful shredded spinach
1 handful diced tomatoes
1/2 handful chopped radishes
1/2 handful shredded purple cabbage
a bit of diced onion (like a third of an onion)
1 diced avocado
1 diced jalepeno
fresh cilantro leaves
spices like chili powder, ground cumin, chipolte powder
salt and pepper
salsa, hot sauce and sour cream to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add beans to small pot and heat, stirring in spices, salt, pepper and/or salsa to desired taste; keep warm. Sprinkle cheese/not cheese onto tortillas and place in oven until melted (about four or five minutes). Remove tortillas from oven, add a layer of beans, a layer of quinoa and then distribute the veggies and cilantro. Add salsa, hot sauce and/or sour cream. Roll (or not) and serve with a plastic duck. And fruit - we used mango above.
I'm actually glad he decided to stay on the burrito. His version is health-ified (whole wheat instead of flour tortilla, quinoa instead of rice, spinach instead of lettuce), but still Xinantecatl yummy with their signature crunch (thanks, radishes!).


onkelo said...

ready and willing to be turned on the the "veggie and rice high," man:)

Zandria said...

Yum! This is one of those things with such a "long" list of ingredients that I probably wouldn't go out on purpose and try to make it. Isn't that bad? I'm such a non-foodie/non-chef. But I know I'd love it! :)

Emmy said...

The burritos sound so delicious. YUM! Glad Jason is working on his take-out burrito addiction :)

Kati said...

Hey - thanks for visiting my blog! This burrito looks divine.

aTxVegn said...

There are certainly worse things to be addicted to! I guess now you'll be eating even more of these burritos - they look fantastic!

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

sweet! Thanks for letting us know the recipe.


Melody said...

Looks and sounds so delicious.. Jason.. you are the burrito King!

Anonymous said...

Does the F The 12 Step Burrito make the eyes water and the nose sniffle?

Mikaela said...
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Mikaela said...

Zandria, here's a short list:
*beans - any kind
*chili powder
*vegetables - any kinds
*grain - any kind
*cheese/not cheese
See, that's not so hard :)

L, we'll make you a special nose-running and eyes-watering burrito when you come visit. K, we'll invite you over for one, too!

Thanks for the burrito compliments, guys!