Black Beans and Beet Greens Burritos

| August 22, 2013 | 6 Comments

This quick and easy recipe for Black Beans and Beet Greens Burritos was created for Old El Paso and I was compensated for creating it. All opinions are my own.

Beet Green Black Bean Burritos

Two kids. Two schools. Two schedules. Two soccer teams. Two scouting troops. Two homework folders. Two packed lunches. Two of everything.

Back to school is going to be a little hectic for us this year. In fact, it threatens to be a little chaotic when you add in the responsibilities of co-leading one of those scouting troops, volunteering at one of the schools, mentoring and helping in our church’s Sunday school. But we’ll manage because that’s life — life is busy, messy, complicated, hectic and sometimes chaotic. And if you want to live it well, then you buck up and take charge.

That said, something has to give … and that will probably be dinners that take more than 30 minutes to throw together. While I would love to roast a chicken on the weekends and make my family’s favorite broccoli cheddar soup, the fact is that it’s unrealistic to think any of that will happen before November, when soccer season ends.

But, hey, you can make pretty awesome dinners in less than 30 minutes. Quick family dinners like Black Beans and Beet Greens Burritos will keep our dinnertime fun and interesting — even when we’re running around town like chickens with our heads cut off.

This quick and easy recipe combines garlicky beet greens with black beans, cheddar and salsa for an unforgettable farmers market-inspired meal. And since it’s ready in 20 minutes, it’s absolutely perfect for lunches when you are home — or a fast dinner for back to school.

Do you eat beet greens? They are a delicious surprise that often come with beets at the farmers market. Don’t let these edible greens go to waste.

How’s your fall looking?

Black Beans and Beet Greens Burritos

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Black Beans and Beet Greens Burritos

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch beet greens (greens from 3-4 beets), washed and chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 Old El Paso Tortillas (burrito size)
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed (from a can)
  • 1/4 cup medium Old El Paso Salsa

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for one minute. Add the beet greens and toss well to combine. Season with salt, as desired. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until wilted.
  3. Set out four squares of aluminum foil. Top each with one tortilla. Divide the cheese evenly among the four tortillas, top each with 1/4 cup black beans, 1 tablespoon salsa and 1/4 of the beet greens. Fold in the ends of the burritos and roll up. Fold the aluminum foil around each burrito.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  5. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

- Love avocado? Try adding 1/4 of an avocado (sliced) to each burrito – YUM! - If you aren’t a medium salsa fan, any heat – such as mild or hot – will work too.

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Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this recipe but all opinions and ideas are my own.

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Kate says:

    Two seems so much more difficult than one!

  2. Rachel Cooks says:

    These look fantastic, Sarah!

  3. Lucky for me while shopping at a farmers market 8 years ago a grower that sold organic beets told me not to throw away the greens. She told me to sauté them in olive oil and garlic. Since then I always use the greens from organic beets and constantly look for new ways to use them. This recipe looks great and I will give it a try next time I buy beets.

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