Saturday, July 24, 2010

Turkey & Black Bean Sanchos

Sanchos are a combo of a burrito and a taco. You can use Pace or Paul Newman's medium taco sauce for good flavor or make up your own! Try a bit of the new chipotle Tabasco sauce as the final added heat before rolling. That sauce is finding its way into a lot of my food. All amounts need to be adjusted to taste, this is a fairly mild starter recipe, so don't be afraid!

slice some of these for an extra kick!
Sanchos My Way
Nutrition facts

Ingredients to prepare and measure before commencing to cook:

1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 t olive oil
2 t chili powder
1 t cumin
1 1/2 C Salsa
1 1/2 C black beans, canned
8 large whole wheat tortillas
2 C lettuce, torn
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 C onion, chopped
Optional: Cheese, jalapenos, more Salsa, or Tabasco

What to do after you have everything ready to go:

In a medium pan, brown the ground turkey in the olive oil. If you used the lean turkey, you may or may not have to drain. If there's more than a couple tablespoons of fat in the pan, drain. Add the chili powder and cumin and stir to incorporate it with the meat. I use about twice this amount as I like more flavor. If you are not used to Tex-Mex flavors, start with the amounts listed above. You can always add more later. Add about 1 C of the salsa and stir it up well. If it looks too dry, add more salsa. Simmer about 10-12 minutes. You'll need to stir a lot because the mixture will be thick. If it is too runny, you'll just have a mess when you put it inside a tortilla. Taste and adjust the seasonings.

Once the meat is simmering, place the drained and rinsed can of black beans in a small pan and add about 1/2 C of salsa. Simmer. You can add more seasonings if you like - pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic are all great additions.

Put the chopped lettuce, tomatoes, and onion on a pretty plate or in individual bowls.

Let everyone make their own Sanchos at the table. Those that don't calorie count can add cheese, but it really is not necessary for a good flavor. Those that like it spicy can add Tabasco or salsa. Or you could set out slices of jalapeno. A good variation here is to skip the black beans and heat up some frijoles mixed with salsa. Both ways with beans are great inside a tortilla with the turkey.

Serve with a 2006 Clos de Dougent Grand Cru. :D

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