Recovering from a slight flu/cold left me with not much energy or appetite. But today I decided that even if I had to force myself to eat, I would eat well. And that meant trying a new recipe from my Thug Kitchen cookbook.
If you still don't know what Thug Kitchen is all about, Thug’s foul-mouthed food lovers want you to talk dirty, eat clean. No more microwave and no more processed crap. Just healthy, simple, affordable food, made from scratch. It's all meant to be vegan (something I didn't know when I made that Morrocan Spiced Couscous with Honey Glazed Chicken. The added chicken really was more for my boyfriend who will probably be a meat eater until he dies (no further comment). So after that I went through the cookbook and bookmarked all of the other recipes that I would eventually give a try.
I had this one bookmarked for awhile and completely forgot about it. (I actually forgot about the book entirely). I was happy to see that I had all (or at least most) of the ingredients needed. I substituted for whatever I didn't feel like using (like the peppers, cause I'm deathly allergic). I also used less ingredients because I only wanted to make enough for me. So I used two super tiny peaches, for the peach salsa and probably only about 1/3 cup of beans. I also accidentally pureed the beans with everything else, but either way, I'm still gonna be eating it! I didn't get a chance to take a picture of mine, so I just used the photo from the Thug Kitchen cookbook. I assure you, mine looked exactly the same, except for the lack of visible beans, the avocado (because they're not quite in season yet) and my rice was white rice, not Spanish (but I swear I'm not racist, LOL).
BBQ BEAN BURRITOS WITH
GRILLED PEACH SALSA
Makes 6 big-ass burritos
From: Thug Kitchen
½ yellow or white onion, chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce* plus 1 tablespoon of the sauce
¼ cup vegetable broth or water
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon soy sauce or tamari
3 cups cooked pinto beans**
6 burrito-size flour tortillas
Grilled Peach Salsa (see below)
First, make the BBQ beans: Throw the onion, tomato paste, garlic, chipotle peppers and sauce, broth, OJ, brown sugar, molasses, and soy sauce in a food processor or blender and run that fucker until a smooth sauce forms. Pour that into a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, fold in the beans, and simmer until everything is warm and the beans absorb all that flavor, 5 to 10 minutes.
To make the burritos: Grab your tortilla and pile in a scoop of the beans, some rice, and a handful of lettuce and top with the peach salsa and some avocado. (Using foil paper when rolling your burrito actually helps to keep the shape and keep all of the ingreients inside). Serve right away because burritos wait for no motherfucker. (Seriously, it'll get soggy, if left for too long).
* These smoked peppers come packed in sauce and are sold in a tiny can at most stores near the salsa and beans.
** Two 15-ounce cans if you aren't cooking this shit yourself
GRILLED PEACH SALSA
This salsa lets people know you aren’t fucking around with your snack spread. The perfect combo between savory and sweet, this is one salsa that makes it hard to not double-dip.
Makes enough for 4 to 6, about 3 1⁄2 cups
From: Thug Kitchen
6 peaches (about 3 pounds)
1⁄2 teaspoon oil*
1 to 2 serrano peppers, minced
1⁄2 medium red onion, chopped (about 2⁄3 cup)
1 medium tomato, chopped
Juice of 2 limes (about 1⁄4 cup)
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Handful of cilantro
Cut the peaches into wedges no thicker than an inch. You can leave the skin on because everybody needs more fiber in their motherfucking diet. You should get around 12 wedges out of each peach. Throw the cut-up peaches in a large bowl with the oil and mix them all together.
Bring your grill to a medium-high heat. Place the peaches on there for 45 seconds or so on each side. You don’t need to cook them; you just want some char marks on there because that looks pro as fuck. Grilling the peaches also caramelizes their natural sugars, making them sweeter.
When the all peaches are grilled, let them cool for a couple minutes while you chop everything else up. When the peaches have cooled enough to handle, chop them up into salsa-appropriate-size pieces and then mix everything together. Let this all chill together for at least 30 minutes and then serve.