1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed canned black beans (one 15-ounce can)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound Monterey jack or cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)
1 red onion, chopped
4 9- inch flour tortillas
Lime wedges, for serving
How to Make It
Heat the oven to 350°. In a large frying pan, cook the sausage over moderate heat, breaking it up with a fork or wooden spoon, until cooked through and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove.
Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from the pan and reduce the heat to low. Add the beans and salt and cook, mashing the beans with the back of a wooden spoon, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Most of the beans should be broken up, but don't mash them to a puree. Remove from the heat and stir in the sausage, half of the cheese, the tomato, lime juice, and onion.
Spread one quarter of the bean mixture in a line just below the center of each tortilla. Put the remaining cheese on top of the beans. Roll up the burritos and put them seam-side down in a small baking dish. Bake until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot, about 15 minutes. If the tops begin to brown too much, cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil. Serve the burritos with lime wedges.
Variation: Cut 1 pound of bacon crosswise into small strips. Fry until crisp and drain on paper towels. Proceed with the recipe from Step 2, substituting the bacon for the sausage.
Wine Recommendation: Hot Italian sausage, black beans, tomato, and cheese all argue for a big, fruity red wine. Find a robust zinfandel from California; its blackberry flavor and intriguing woodsy quality will stand up to, and enhance, this dish.
An easy dish for a hearty everday meal. I used ground turkey instead of sausage and added 2 chipotle peppers, chopped, and a small can of diced green chiles. I wrapped the meat/bean mixture in jalapeno-flavored whole wheat tortillas. Before I placed in the oven, I spread jarred salsa across the top of the rolled burritos and sprinkled with a mix of sharp and cheddar cheese and baked 11 minutes until the cheese was melted.
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