We were inspired to make these because there is a restaurant near us that makes great ones.
You will find the pinto beans we used in your grocer's freezer - we got them at Walmart. I like them because they are already cooked and do not contain sodium. They come in a resealable bag so are very easy to use.
3 cups cooked pinto beans, drained if using canned or boiled
1/2 cup prepared salsa - made this without salt (recipe below)
3 cups frozen corn kernels
2 teaspoons margarine (trans-free)
1 cup cooked chopped chicken, skinless
1 cup fat-free sourcream
8 flour or tortillas, warmed in microwave at service time
Heat the pinto beans with the salsa in the microwave. Heat the corn with the margarine in the microwave.
Allow everyone to assemble their own tortillas using beans, corn, chicken and sour cream. Extra salsa can be used here as well.
It takes some doing to find flour tortillas that are not too high in sodium and low in fat - read the label and try to stay under 200mg per tortilla. And if you are using the fresh-made chicken, frozen corn and frozen pinto beans they are very low in sodium so you come out okay.
This recipe makes 8 tortillas which feeds 4 to 8.
2 fresh tomatoes, cut in half and seeds squeezed out
1/2 onion, peeled and quartered
1 anaheim (mild) chile pepper, cut in half, seeds and veins removed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, wash and remove stems
fresh lime juice
Preheat broiler. Make salsa by placing tomato, onion, and chili pepper on a flat cookie tray, skin sides up. Broil until skins blister and turn very brown. Drain off juice and discard. Place cilantro, roasted onion and roasted pepper into blender or food processor. Puree fine. Add tomatoes and pulse until chunky. Add fresh lime juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.