When we first tried this recipe, we all thought it was disgusting. We all said “Mom, don’t make this again unless you change something.” Well, she gave the job of cooking to my older brother one night . He was supposed to make “those burritos” again because they were “healthy.” Long story short, he decided to change the spices to his liking, add chicken, and voila! Some amazing burritos that are still healthy, but taste so good that they are one of our families favorite meals! Now that he is older and away getting ready to start EMT/Firefighter’s training, my younger sister is the one who usually makes these. She does a fantastic job! All my brothers are good at cooking though; Michael likes to make things on the spur of the moment, Philip will be happy to spend an hour making his food and spend only fifteen minutes eating it. Jonathan is happy to spend his evening making fried chicken, while Sam loves to make pies. And Dad? Well, he does the dishes!
I am going to give the original recipe first, then I am going to give our version.
Black Bean Butternut Squash Burritos
Original Recipe taken from the Simply in Season cookbook
3 cups sweet potatoes
2 cups black beans
1 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1 1/2 cups cheese
5-6 cups butternut squash (peeled and diced)
1-2 onions chopped
chicken broth or water (just enough to simmer squash and onions in)
2 cups black beans
1 tsp. cumin
3 tsp. garlic
2 tsp. salt
2 cups shredded chicken (optional)
1-1/2 cups cheese (optional)
Saute squash and onion in a small amount of oil and chicken broth or water. Cook until vegetables are tender. Add beans, seasonings, and chicken. Stir well. Cook until heated through. Taste to adjust spices. Lay out burritos on counter. Divide bean mixture evenly among burritos on counter. Top each with cheese. (The cheese can be left out if you want.). Roll up burritos and place in greased 9×13 dish. Top all burritos with a small amount of olive oil. Cover pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees for at least 30 minutes. Increase if bean mixture cooled while making burritos.
We like to garnish this with sour cream and salsa, but they are also great plain.
Note: By leaving out the cheese and chicken, and substituting water or vegetable broth for chicken broth, you can make this vegetarian/vegan.