Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mix n' Match Meatless Mexican-Inspired Meals

(A bit too much alliteration in the title?)

At our house, we eat a lot of burritos. A lot. We consider them the perfect food: cheap, quick, easily vegetarian, and made with items we almost always have on hand. I set out to make a list of the versions of Mexican-inspired meals we usually eat (burritos, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, enchiladas, fajitas, etc.), but the list soon became unwieldy. So instead, here is a mix-and-match recipe generator, based on some of my favorite combinations. It’s like going to Qdoba or Chipotle, except cheap. (These are all vegetarian or pescatarian, so if you add meat the options get even more diverse.)

Lettuce, refried beans, chili, cheddar, guac, sour cream, Cholula
Choose a base:
Flour or corn tortillas
Taco shells
Tortilla chips
Brown or white rice
Quinoa
Shredded lettuce
Cabbage or other hardy green, steamed

Choose a filling:
Refried beans, cheddar cheese, chopped jalapenos
Refried beans, avocado mashed with lime juice, salt, pepper, and chile powder
Cheese and chile powder
Beans, sauteed greens, diced tomato or salsa and a fried egg
Beans, cheese, peppers, and mole sauce
Beans, cheese, salsa, lettuce, sour cream
Beans with sauteed slices of onion and pepper
Sauteed kale or chard with garlic, black beans, and tomatoes
Chili, slightly drained
Black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and avocado
Black-eyed peas, roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed greens, lime juice, hot sauce
Tuna, salsa (drained), and cheddar
Shredded fish, shredded cabbage, hot sauce

Refried beans, cheddar, pickled jalapenos, habanero sauce
Choose toppings:
Sour cream
More cheese
Peppers
Jalapenos
Hot sauce
Chile powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder
Chopped onions
Avocado
Salsa
Chopped tomatoes
Cilantro 
Lime

I like to cook burritos and quesadillas on my panini maker. Toaster ovens work well for most everything else (or a regular oven). If you can only heat up something in the microwave (or the stove), only heat the filling, and warm up the tortillas on a dry pan for several seconds.

What are your favorite combinations?

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