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Chicken Sausage, Black Bean, And Cilantro Lime Rice Burritos

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These Chicken Sausage, Black Bean, And Cilantro Lime Rice Burritos are delicious and so easy to make. Today I’m using Italian chicken sausage. It’s much leaner and adds a really nice flavor.

Pan searing the outside of the whole-grain tortillas gives these burritos great texture.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) sauté pan, 1 (12-inch) cast-iron skillet, 1 (cast-iron) grill-press, non-stick cooking spray, chef’s knife, 1 (3-quart) saucepot, 2 large serving bowls, Microplane

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound of Italian chicken sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of Fajita seasoning
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
1 lime, juiced
1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, low sodium, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped

8 large whole-grain flour tortillas (substitute flour tortillas)
1 package (8 ounces) of shredded Colby jack cheese
Cilantro Lime Rice
Pico de Gallo

Ingredients For Cilantro Lime Rice:
1 bag of Success (boil-in-a-bag) Basmati white rice (substitute brown rice)
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of lime zest (2 to 3 limes)
1 lime, juiced

Ingredients For Pico de Gallo:
1-pint of red grape tomatoes halved
1-pint of yellow grape tomatoes halved
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced (substitute jalapeno)
1 lime, juiced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Fajita Seasoning:
8 teaspoons of chili powder
4 tablespoons of cornstarch
4 teaspoons of Kosher salt
4 teaspoons of smoked paprika
4 teaspoons of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of onion powder
4 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of ground cumin

Note: Recipe yields approx. 2 1/2 cups of Fajita seasoning.

Directions For Seasoning:
In a medium-size mixing bowl add all the ingredients from the above list, mix to combine. Tip: Store in an air-tight container, in a cool dry place.

Directions For Cilantro Lime Rice:
In a 3-quart saucepot, over medium-high heat add 1 quart of water. Submerge 1 unopened bag of rice. Bring to a boil add Kosher salt. Boil uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes.  Using a pair of tongs to remove the bag from the saucepan. Drain any excess water. Carefully cut open the bag with scissors before transferring the rice to a large mixing bowl. Add lime zest, lime juice, chopped cilantro, and fresh ground black pepper, stir to combine. Set aside.

Directions For Pico de Gallo:
In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients from the list above for the Pico de Gallo. Toss to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, transfer to the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill before serving.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat add olive oil and the diced onions, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.

Stirring frequently, cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onions become soft and translucent. Add red pepper flakes, minced garlic, cook for 1 minute more. Next, add the chicken sausage. Using the back of a wooden spoon start breaking the sausage up. Add 2 tablespoons of the Fajita seasoning. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 5 to 7 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

Add chicken stock and fresh lime juice, reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

After the sausage has been simmering for 25 minutes add the black beans, mix to combine. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes allowing the beans to heat through. With the heat off, add the chopped cilantro.  

Start by warming up 8 whole-grain flour tortillas. Place a tortilla on a microwave-safe plate, cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on the number of tortillas. This process makes them pliable.

Layout the tortilla on a flat surface. Place 2 tablespoons of the chicken sausage on the bottom third of the tortilla, add small amounts of Colby jack cheese, cilantro lime rice and finally, the Pico de gallo. Once you have all the fillings in place, pull the bottom half of the burrito over the meet the top half. Then, pull the tortillas back. This will form the filling into a roll. Next, fold one side in. Then the other side. With both ends folded, tightly roll your tortilla.

Preheat a cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly spray non-stick cooking spray on each side of the burrito. Set the burrito into the hot skillet placing the grill press on top. Every 30 seconds, check the burrito. You’re looking for a golden brown color. This process happens quickly. Flip the burrito and repeat on the other side.

To serve, slice the Chicken Sausage, Black Bean, And Cilantro Lime Rice Burritos on the bias and served with a side of my Pico de Gallo. You can see the layers of deliciousness inside. I felt really good about this dish. Using leaner meat, and a whole grain tortilla, this meal was totally guilt-free and super satisfying.

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Turkey Sausage Breakfast Burritos

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What could be better than all your favorite breakfast foods wrapped up in a tortilla? I’d have to say I can’t think of anything I love more than my Turkey Sausage Breakfast Burritos.

The one great thing about turkey sausage is that it’s a blank canvas for any spices you like. You can take turkey sausage and go crazy with the flavor profile of your choice.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes.
Inactive Cook Time: 15 minutes (wrapping the burritos)
Pressing Tortillas: 12 to 16 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 16 minutes
Yields: 8 Burritos
Equipment: 2 (12-inch) sauté pans, non-stick cooking spray, cast-iron grill-press

Ingredients:
1-pound (16-ounce Chub) ground turkey sausage
1  small onion, diced
1 red bell pepper diced
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 package of store-bought Simply Potatoes, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
1 15-ounce can black beans, unsalted, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups thawed frozen corn
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons of fajita seasoning blend (substitute store-bought)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chicken stock, unsalted
1 dozen eggs, scrambled (link below for my Perfect Scrambled Eggs)
1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese (or favorite cheese)
2 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
1 package of Mission large flour tortillas (8 ct.)

1 pint of red grape tomatoes, halved
1 pint of yellow grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped cilantro

Ingredients For Fajita Spice Blend:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions For Fajita Spice Blend:
In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container for future use.

Directions:
Start by draining and rinsing the black beans. Mix the beans together with the thawed corn, transfer to a bowl. Set aside. Next, dice the onion, red bell pepper, and mince the garlic.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the diced onion and diced red bell pepper. After the peppers and onions soften, about 10 minutes, add the minced garlic and stir through. At this point, add the butter and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the butter melts add the diced potatoes.

Stir to coat the potatoes, peppers, and onions with butter. Let cook only turning every 5 minutes. Allow the potatoes to get a nice crispy exterior before turning. Resist from constant stirring, cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown. Remove the pan from the heat, add the fresh chopped Italian parsley and stir. Transfer the potatoes to a bowl, cover and set aside.

In another large sautépan, on medium-high heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and turkey sausage. Start breaking up the sausage with the back of a wooden spoon.

Add the minced garlic, paprika, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and fajita seasoning blend, stir to combine. Continue to stir the sausage. Once the meat is completely browned and nicely caramelized, about 15 to 20 minutes (or using an instant-read thermometer the until internal temperature is 165-degrees F.), then add 1/4 cup of unsalted chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Use the back of the wooden spoon to scrape up the bits from the bottom of the pan and allow the liquid to completely evaporate another 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the turkey sausage to a bowl, cover and set aside.

While browning the turkey sausage is cooking in a separate bowl add halved grape tomatoes, Kosher salt, black pepper, and chopped cilantro, mix to combine and set aside.

Next is to make the scrambled eggs. To get my recipe for Perfect Scrambled Eggs just click on the link below. Once the eggs are scrambled, 10 minutes, remove from the heat before adding the shredded Coby Jack cheese and chives, stir to combine. Transfer the scrambled eggs to a bowl, cover and set aside.

Before you can wrap a burrito the best way to do that is to start with a warm tortilla. Place 2 to 3 tortilla on a plate at a time. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

To assemble the burritos, lay a warm tortilla out on a flat surface. Fill the bottom third of the tortilla with 2 tablespoons of each ingredient. Pull the bottom half of the burrito over to meet the top half then pull the tortilla back. Next, fold one side in then the other side. With both ends tightly folded, tightly roll the tortilla until you have a perfect burrito.

Once all the burritos have been filled and wrapped it’s time to press them. Start with a large sautépan preheated on medium heat. Coat the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place the burrito into the hot pan. Place a grill press on top, 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Press the burritos in batches of two.

Serve hot. I like to garnish the plate using ingredients from inside the burrito.

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

 

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