Friday, November 25, 2011

Leftovers Live On: Turkey Burrito

Dear frugal reader,

What a blessing it is to have leftover food filling the refrigerator!  If you're like us, you love those leftovers like nobody's business because they mean feasting for days.  But be on the alert - -

Don't let that leftover turkey go boring!  

Here's another wrap-and-roll recipe for leftover turkey that wins big points around our house ... I'll be preparing this by the weekend, that's for sure!  Be sure to check out our fresh recipe for Moo Shoo Turkey Wraps to make sure you feed your crowd over the long weekend.

Have you ever made a turkey pillow?  Last year, using printed
fabric from my mom-in-law, Chickadee and I put together a fat,
fluffy bird that would never make it to the dinner table ... despite
being fully stuffed with, well, stuffing! 

Turkey and Bean Burrito 
If you so desire, drizzle into your burritos a little Louisiana Hot Sauce, some homemade spicy ketchup, or some enchilada sauce!  

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 pint diced tomatoes
1 - 2 tablespoons chopped chiles or pickled jalapenos or you can purchase a can of tomatoes with diced chiles in it
2 tablespoons lime juice or the juice from one small lime
4 cups shredded cooked turkey or chicken
1 pint pinto beans, fresh-cooked or canned, rinsed
6 tortillas, warmed
8 ounces shredded Monterey, pepper Jack, or cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded green cabbage (one small cabbage, or less than half large cabbage)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and saute, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes.  Stir in garlic, cumin and chile powder and cook for 30 seconds or until the spices release a fragrant scent.  Add tomatoes and lime juice; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until onions are very tender, about 20 minutes.  Stir in turkey and cooked beans and continue cooking until the mixture is heated through, approximately five minutes.  Fill tortillas with the turkey and bean mixture; top with cheese and shredded cabbage, roll, and enjoy!

Thankful for leftovers,

Mrs H

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P.S. If you're still in the mood for an old-fashioned turkey sandwich, here's a recipe that looks pretty amazing.



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