Communication Breakdown Burritos

We've all had one of those evenings -- by the time you get around to making dinner, you need something quick and easy so you don't wind up eating at midnight, but you also want to keep it on the healthier side.  These are my go-to for just that occasion. 

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"I'll be home at regular time."  Makes sense, right?  Even more so when you know when "regular time" is.  I made these burritos after an evening-long miscommunication marathon.  I feel like it should have been an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. 

To make a 3.5 hour story short, it all started with a slight email oversight.  I had to cancel my voice lesson and emailed Scottery that I'd be home at regular time...meaning when I usually get home from work.  Apparently Scottery missed the cancellation part and thought I would be home at the "regular time" that I usually get home from voice (very late), and said he was going to the boat but would be home before I would.  So of course I was surprised to find nobody home when I got home.  And I waited a while and he didn't call, so I figured I'd play the same game and not call him to make a point that if he's going to be extremely late or change plans, he needs to tell me.  For hours I stewed, wondering where he was, and even going to the store so I could make some chicken marsala...I wasn't going to sit around waiting forever. 

But after all this waiting and wandering the grocery store and getting home, I started to get worried.  I still wasn't about to call and lose my one-sided-passive-aggressive-battle, but I started to feel slightly bad and decided to wait to make dinner. 

Lucky I did, because a half hour later he called, and after I answer with a purposefully cool "hey," he says "Are you ok?  Where have you been?  I never heard from you!"  And then I find out he's been at the boat the whole time waiting for me to call him on my way home from voice as I always do so that he could leave and meet me home, and he was worried because that would have been an hour ago.  Boy did I feel like a horse's ass.  This problem could have been solved 3 hours ago if I had actually called. 

Needless to say by this time it was super late, and making chicken marsala would have been stupid.  I went to my old standby that is quick and always on hand...and one of Scottery's favorites.  We used to call them "those yummy burritos," but I think after tonight they have earned their new name:  Communication Breakdown Burritos.

Communication Breakdown Burritos

Makes about 6 burritos

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce,  chopped*
  • 2 Tbsps adobo sauce
  • 1 Can black beans, drained
  • 2 heaping handfuls fresh spinach, chopped ** 
  • Tortillas
  • Mexican Cheese, to taste
  • Cholula hot sauce, to taste

Brown beef in a skillet and drain.  Return beef to the pan, adding the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and black beans, stirring to combine.  Add spinach to pan, stirring to combine and wilt spinach.  Heat tortillas (if using them) in the microwave for 15 - 30 seconds.  Remove meat mixture from heat, arrange on tortilla (or put in bowl) and top with desired amount of cheese and Cholula.  Roll it up and enjoy!

*Don't cheat on this.  Chipotle peppers have a deep, smoky flavor and are fairly mild. Just because it has 'pepper' in the name doesn't mean it's unbearably spicy.  I keep a can of these on hand most of the time and use them for mixing in ground beef or marinades.  They come in small cans on the Mexican food aisle, give them a try!

**The best part about this recipe is you can scale up the veggie content as much or as little as you want.  If you're wanting more spinach, pile it on!  It all wilts down anyway, you just get more of the good stuff in your burrito.  Or you could cook onions or tomatoes or Rotel with the meat.  I sometimes top mine with enchilada sauce.  But if you're totally out of spinach or these other ideas, leave it out and you'll have a meaty version.