Healthy Quinoa Burritos




About: I'm a senior at Harvey Mudd in Claremont California. This past summer I worked at Make Magazine. I love working out and eating well, and I enjoy concocting healthy recipes for not-so-healthy dishes (though u...
Just down the road from Instructables, at One Market Street, there is a mexican restaurant that sells one of the best burritos I’ve ever had. Not only is it incredibly tasty, it’s also super healthy! This is my version of their healthy burrito recipe.

Ingredients (makes ~8 Burritos)
  • 8 Large Whole Wheat Tortillas
  • 2 Lean Chicken Breasts (no skin)
  • 1 Cup Un-cooked Quinoa
  • 1 Cup Black Beans
  • 1/3 Cup Capers
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup Salsa
  • Romain Lettuce Head
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper
Optional Add-Ins:
  • 1/2 Sliced Avocado
  • 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
  • Hot sauce
Start the quinoa cooking first, because this will take the longest to cook. Even though you only need a little for the burrito, you might as well use a cup of uncooked quinoa so you can have the leftovers as a snack later.

Cut or pound the chicken so it is just under an inch thick, then marinate or brush with olive oil, and grind a ton of pepper and some salt on both sides. Grill it using your desired technique. Once it’s cooked, cut up the chicken into tiny bite sized pieces.

Heat the beans in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds, until they are hot. Dice your bell pepper into little chunks, and shred half of the head of lettuce. Toss all filling ingredients into a bowl and mix it up! Like I said, you wont use all the quinoa, try throwing in a…” cup and add more if you want.  You can add the cheese and/or avocado here, or mix in some salt and pepper too.

Warm your tortilla in a pan on high heat, or directly on the stove top to get some nice flame charring. Make sure it doesn’t get to crunchy though. Spoon in as much filling mix as you can fit. Fold the tortilla in half and use the top flap to "pull" the filling tight against the fold. Fold the sides over, and then roll the burrito up! Garnish with extra salsa or hot sauce if desired.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size:  1 Burrito Wrap
Calories:     390
Fat              11g
   Sat Fat      2g
Carbs         53g
   Fiber        6g
   Sugar       2g
Protein       21g

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    11 Discussions

    surya raju

    2 years ago

    Indian version of whole wheat tortilla.... Chapati....


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Made a few variations to the recipe, due to the ingredients we had on hand. We added chorizo, and did without the chicken, lettuce and capers. A very yummy dinner. :)

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    i also live in San Francisco where would you recommend buying the Ingredients and this is great thank you so much for the Ingredients list :-)

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    Sam DeRosedoriean

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I got most of the ingredients from Whole Foods, but I think the quinoa was from Costco.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, interesting recipe.
    It give me some ideas of snacks recipes for picnics or to bring to the office for lunch.
    I usualy don't think to use "cereals" such as the quinoa.
    I've a little question : Can it be served cold with the ingredients used or must it be modified ?

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    Sam DeRoselooserboy

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I ate some of the leftover filling mix for breakfast the next morning, right out of the refrigerator. So yeah I'd say it's good cold too!


    6 years ago

    For a diabetic this would be a disaster. but as far as anyone watching calories, fat or just keeping slim this is an excellent recipe.
    I love quinoa! Just made some today!
    Gonna make the burritos soon! Tomorrow maybe


    6 years ago

    Cool I can't wait to try it!