These tasty rice and beef burritos make a quick and easy dinner or a filling packed lunch.

Serves 6


250 g extra lean ground beef
1 cup (250 mL) minced onion
1 tsp (5 mL) ancho chili powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
1 (540 mL) can black beans, rinsed well and drained
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) salsa (mild, medium or hot)
1 cup (250 mL) frozen corn kernels
3 cups (750 mL) cooked white or brown short or long grain rice
6 10-inch whole grain tortillas
3 cups (750 mL) chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup (250 mL) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
12 thin slices ripe avocado

Sprigs of cilantro
Lime wedges
Sour cream or plain yogurt


In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until no pink remains, about 10 minutes. Drain any fat, crumble and return meat to skillet. Add onion, ancho chili powder and cumin. Cook, stirring often, until onions are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans and salsa. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in corn (do not need to thaw) and rice until well combined.

To serve: Spoon about 1 cup (250 mL) of the rice mixture in the center of each tortilla. Top with 1/2 cup (125 mL) lettuce and 1/4 cup (50 mL) cheese and two pieces of avocado. Add a sprig of cilantro, a squeeze of lime and dollop of sour cream/yogurt if desired. Fold bottom edge, then sides; roll up.

Rice and beef burritos can be served cold, at room temperature or warmed in the microwave if desired.

From the Reader’s Digest Best Health Web Site

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