My mom recently purchased a slow cooker that just sits in the kitchen, practically unused. So when I saw this slow-cooker recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen of a Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burritos, I was sold. The plus side to this recipe was that the sweet potato fillers substituted rice, which I’ve been trying to avoid…. with fail. Let’s face it, you can’t separate Romeo and his Juliet. Romeo: rice. Juliet: me. Except on this meal.
Due to my flusterality in the kitchen, I do not think to take photos of the cooking process. I had prepared this particular meal for lunch at work. But the tortilla broke while in-transit from home to work that I had to take a zoomed-dark picture–otherwise, it looks pretty ugly. You know how burritos can get right? You understand. You sympathize. I’m encouraged.
The only thing that made this simple meal not quick-and-simple was the slow cooking process for the sweet potato (more like yam) filling. I gave my (mother’s) slow cooker a light, olive oil coating. Then I dumped 1 can (15.5oz) of drained and washed black beans, along with 2 large, diced yams. I didn’t have any cumin at home or any coriander, so I added some Adobo with pepper and salt for taste.
For taste–yea–I should’ve followed that direction. I was too generous with the salt because my previous dish was just so flavorless. In the end, I was scolded with fillers that were saltier than I liked. I suppose I can’t mix and match portions between dishes. Lesson learned.
Filler cooked for about 3 hours while I tried to learn the Bm chord on my guitar, Javi. Eeks.
The original recipe didn’t have any meat in it, but I wanted to add some beef chunks. Since I would be bringing the food for lunch the next day, and I sure wasn’t going to wake up early enough to cook the meat in the morning, I cooked the meat longer than I usually like em. I honestly didn’t know the rule on refrigerating under-cooked meat for the next day. So I went with the safe side. Needless to say, my meat was chewier than I liked. Is it safe to keep pink meat for lunch the next day??
Then I cut up some lettuce, tossed everything together in my white corn tortilla and squeezed some lime juice. Taste was tolerable. Much better than the pasta experience. Very filling. I do strongly feel that the filler had too much flavor. It kind of took away the taste of the yam.
Overall, I think it would be an easy meal to prepare on a lazy day. Will definitely revisit.