Chili-Bean Tortilla Wraps

19 09 2010

I didn’t intend for this blog to be so mopey & angst-filled. It’s sort of tough though, trying to get over an intense relationship while also living at your parents house. Awesome. What’s also tough is being a recipe fanatic, but having no one to serve food to most nights. Hence my eating alone picture (below), then proceeding to wrap up leftovers that I’ll eat throughout the rest of the week. Food is healing. I will give it that. These tortillas, especially when dolled up with all the garnishes, make me feel really reminiscent of being in cheap taco joints in Texas last summer. Drunk with friends, late at night, with spicy salsas waking us up to the awesomeness that is life. So take that, tortillas. You make me lonely, but you’re delicious.

Chili-Bean Tortilla Wraps
Adapted from Vegetarian Cooking: A Commonsense Guide

Chili Beans:
2 tbs. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 small red chilis, seeded & chopped
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (15.5 oz) kidney beans
1 tb. tomato paste

12 soft flour tortillas
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Sour Cream (optional)
Lime wedges (optional)

1. To make the chili beans, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over low heat and saute the onions, garlic, pepper, and chilis for 8-10 minutes, or until softened. Add the remaining ingredients, along with 1/2 cup water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Season to taste.
2. Lay the tortillas on a work surface. Put some of the bean mixture along the middle of each tortilla, sprinkle with some cheese, and roll up. Place seam side down on a heated/oiled pan and grill each side until golden brown. Serve with sour cream & lime wedges. Or some home-made guac and/or salsa.

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