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Monday, October 1, 2012

Chipotle Chicken and Black Bean Wet Burritos

Gooey comfort food with a rich chipotle sauce. Don't be afraid of the molasses, it cuts the acidity of the tomato paste and makes the chipotle flavor pop! Makes 4 burritos.

1 6oz can tomato paste
2 cups water
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp chipotle pepper sauce
1 tsp molasses
2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp cold water
1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
A few Tbsp of your sauce, plus a few extra drops of chipotle pepper sauce if desired
8 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup finely chopped onion

4 burrito size flour tortillas
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

In a saucepan, combine the tomato paste, water, cumin, pepper sauce, molasses, and garlic salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to a simmer.
In a separate dish, mix together flour and cold water until lumps disappear. Add mixture to sauce and stir until combined. Then, stir in butter until melted. Cover, and set aside.

Heat oil in a skillet. Add 4-5 Tbsp of your sauce, then add chicken, beans, and onion. Stir with a fork or tongs until evenly distributed with sauce and heated through.

Heat 1 tortilla in the microwave for about 10 seconds to warm. Place 1/4 of the chicken filling in the tortilla and roll into a burrito. Smother with 1/4 of your sauce, and top with 1/4 of the cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve hot and enjoy!

Tip: To shred chicken, boil the breast for 1/2 hour in water with a few shakes of garlic salt. Let cool, and shred by hand. You can use forks, but I think using hands is easier.

What is chipotle pepper sauce?
These are what I use:
Your local Mexican grocery probably has an entire aisle dedicated to hot sauce. These are my 2 favorite chipotle sauces, the one on the left is sweeter. They mix well with things like ranch dressing and mayonnaise for a twist on the classic condiments.

If you can't find those, the good people at Tabasco have a chipotle pepper sauce of their own, available at most grocery stores.