Notes: At many Mexican delis, you can find great cooked filling choices like carnitas (slow-cooked pork) and carne asada (marinated beef steak). And meat sections often carry ready-to-grill marinated meats such as lomo de res (beef), puerco adovado (pork), or fajitas de pollo (chicken). If those options aren't available, look for rotisserie chickens from a supermarket deli.
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- Calories: 611
- Calories from fat: 44%
- Protein: 36g
- Fat: 30g
- Saturated fat: 12g
- Carbohydrate: 53g
- Fiber: 7.9g
- Sodium: 1744mg
- Cholesterol: 134mg
- 8 ounces cotija or feta cheese
- 1 1/2 cups crema (Mexican sour cream) or sour cream
- 1 1/2 cups salsa (1 or 2 types)
- 1 head iceberg lettuce
- 1 ounce fresh cilantro
- 5 green onions
- 2 avocados (8 oz. each) or 1 1/2 cups guacamole
- 1 lime
- 2 or 3 cans (16 oz. each) black, pinto, or refried beans
- About 2 pounds boned cooked meat (see notes, above) or 2 roasted whole chickens (1 3/4 lb. each)
- 10 fresh flour tortillas (10 in. wide)
- 1. Crumble cotija cheese and put in a bowl. Place crema and salsa in containers. Rinse lettuce, cilantro, and green onions. Finely shred enough lettuce to make about 5 cups and place in a container. Chop cilantro and thinly slice onions (including green tops); put in containers. Pit and peel avocados, thinly slice into a bowl, and mix with 2 tablespoons lime juice.
- 2. In a 2- to 3-quart covered pan over medium heat, stir beans often until hot (adding a little water, if needed, to refried beans), about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and keep warm. Or heat, covered, in a microwave oven at full power (100%), stirring once, until hot, 3 to 4 minutes. If using whole beans, lift beans from liquid with a slotted spoon or drain in a colander.
- 3. Tear cooked meat into coarse shreds or cut into thin slices. If using a whole roast chicken, pull meat off bones and shred; sliver skin and include (or discard if desired). If meat is raw, grill it, then slice into bite-size pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature. To reheat, place meat in a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and heat in microwave oven at half power (50%), stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes.
- 4. Drizzle 1/4 cup water over a dish towel. Wrap tortillas in towel and overwrap with microwave-safe plastic wrap. Heat in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until hot and steamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and set towel-wrapped tortillas in a basket or covered casserole.
- 5. Arrange cheese, crema, salsa, lettuce, cilantro, onions, avocados, beans, meat, and tortillas on the table.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per burrito with chicken.
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