A Specialty Vegetarian Burrito
Recipe for a delicious, healthy, vegetarian burrito packed with portabello mushrooms, avocado, and zucchini.
Ingredients needed for approximately four burritos:
1 bag of large flour tortillas
3 portabella mushrooms, sliced to preference
1 large onion, chopped
2 bell peppers, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
2 avocados, sliced lengthwise
1 cup grated Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese(optional)
1 cup ground vegetable patties(optional)
4 tbsp olive oil
1 quarter cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp chopped basil
*salsa as garnish
Begin by marinating the sliced zucchini in a mixture of 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 quarter cup balsamic vinegar, and 1 tbsp basil for at least 1 hour. (You may also marinate the mushrooms, but I have found that they take on a strong vinegar taste if marinated for over 10 minutes or so.)
sauté the sliced green peppers and the onion in 1 tbsp of olive oil until the onion is somewhat clarified and the pepper is softened.(Cook longer or shorter depending on how crisp you like vegetables.)
On a effective grilling surface, grill the sliced mushrooms and zucchinis for approximately 15 minutes at medium heat or until cooked to satisfaction
If using ground vegetable patties, heat in microwave or oven until done.
Heat flour tortillas in microwave or oven until hot. In a microwave this takes about 30 seconds.(If using cheese, try spreading a layer over the tortilla before heating it, as the cheese will begin to melt.)
Place crumbled vegetable patties, cooked onions, peppers, zucchini, mushrooms onto warmed tortilla. Place avocado strips on top of these ingredients, fold the burrito, and cover with salsa.
(I enjoy avocados when they are cool, so placing them on top of the hot ingredients keeps them cooler than placing them under the cooked ingredients.)
*I think you will love all of the different flavors in this burrito whether you are a vegetarian or not. I add the vegetable patties as a source of protein and meat substitute, and I personally enjoy Boca Burgers crumbled and heated if this interests you. But the wide variety of tastes: marinated zucchini, portabellas, avocado, and cooked onions are what make this burrito original. If you are tired of bean, beef, or chicken burritos or tacos, you owe it to yourself to try this one. It's easy to make, much healthier than a meat version, and pretty cheap considering the amount of food involved.