Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Since I live in a rural area, sometimes it's impossible to get to the grocery store to grab something for dinner.  However, now that I think of it, even when living in the city proper, it can still be impossible to get to the market.  That's when we are faced with searching the fridge and pantry for inspiration, in hopes to make something everyone in our household will be happy with.

I have to say, rotisserie chicken has saved me many times.  I make it a point to shred the chicken leftovers right after we have feasted on it for a meal.  Still at the table, I pick it apart as I drink that last glass of wine.  I find it's much easier to do it right then and get it out of the way.  I can then use the leftovers for chicken salad, in eggs, and today it was burritos.

I threw this meal together with 2 cups of leftover chicken, a can of black beans, five leftover tortillas and some cheese.  It turned out so good because instead of just wrapping and serving the burrito, I fried it a little in the skillet.  Wow, it was excellent.  It kind of elevated it's burrito status, making it very "chimichanga" like, without the need for deep frying.

The beauty of this recipe is you don't need exact amounts of anything, use what you have and make as many burritos as you want.

To top off the burrito, I made a habanero cream with this sauce and sour cream.  I am in love with these sauces, they are just so versatile and made with Oregon Pinot Noir, what's not to love.  They are available in our tasting room in Carlton if you happen to be in Oregon or right here online.  If you come by, you can taste them and savor their goodness!

Anyway, the burritos were awesome and I didn't have to leave my house to get dinner on the table.  Hopefully you can find inspiration in your fridge tonight, it's easier than you think.

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Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Recipe from: Inspired by Food Network Magazine | Serves: 5 Burritos


  • 1 Tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup Chopped onion
  • 2 cups Shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 5 (6-inch) Flour tortillas*
  • 3 cups Shredded pepper jack cheese (I used Tillamook, my favorite kind)
  • Cooking spray
  • Optional garnishes: Habanero cream, sour cream, pico de gallo, salsa


  • Heat a large skillet over med-low heat. Add oil, letting it get a little hot, then add onions, frying about 2 minutes just to soften. Add chicken and toss with the onions. Add chili powder and cumin to the skillet, making sure seasonings are fully combined with chicken and onion mixture. Add garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Turn off heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss mixture with black beans.
  • Divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas along with cheese. Roll up each burrito by tucking in the sides and rolling the middle to one side. Remove any extra filling leftover in the skillet and place on the stove on med-low heat. Coat each burrito with cooking spray. Place burritos in pan; cook a couple minutes on each side until browned. Top with sour cream or salsa.
  • *10-inch flour tortillas work best when it comes to rolling the perfect burrito, the six-inch worked well as long as you don't overfill.

And here is what is really going on when you step back from the food I am photographing.  She is never more than a foot away and is always hoping a little morsel makes it to the floor. 

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25 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. Bree 1

    These look seriously amazing!

  2. Noble Pig 2

    Well, thank you!

  3. Jen B 3

    awhttp://www….. love the picture of the dog….so sweet… that is what we call “supervising” at our house….

  4. Noble Pig 4

    Yep, she’s quite the supervisor, and always on duty.

  5. I got mine in the mail yesterday and am drying to try it. These cheesy burritos sound divine and yes, those chickens are the best thing since sliced bread. Love the photo of the dog. :) Thanks Cathy.

  6. I have that same dog!
    Great looking recipe too

  7. Velva 7

    I love recipes that are a “little of this, a little of that” because when it coms together, it rocks! Thanks for sharing this idea with us. the frying of the tortillas was a really good idea.


  8. Ooh, these look yummy! I love black beans and roasted chicken is a staple in my house! I love making wraps and these burritos look like they are making it to the menu very soon :)

  9. This cheesy chicken burritos recipes looks very delicious. Same as you I shred left-over chicken after dinner. I find it more convenient and lesser chore when I’m about to use it.

  10. Warner 10

    Anything that falls on the floor is legally hers.

    Just got back from a 5 week vacation involving London and Paris, both with apartments with kitchens. Wonderful time and great food, both restaurant and self prepared.

  11. Nice use of using ingredients you have available. I need to get my hands on that sauce!

  12. annbb 12

    Give that sweet dog a burrito!

  13. Barbara 13

    Beautiful! Definitely going to make these.
    (Looks like someone else agrees with me…how could you resist those eyes?)

  14. Sara 14

    Wow…how delicious are these!

  15. Sara 15

    In fact, I think they will be dinner.

  16. Looking SO delicious and Yummyyyyyyyy!!!!

  17. Diana 17

    How much chili powder do you use? These look amazing!

  18. amber b 18

    Yummy!! This was so good. I added a few changes to the recipe, with help of my hubby!! Great results, check it out @

    link to

  19. Miranda Bass 19

    Think these could be frozen for a quick grab?

  20. Linda 21

    Loved the bts picture of your dog-she is darling!

  21. Elizabeth 22

    These look wonderful — Can’t wait to try them.

    I was surprised that the pup didn’t have drool on both sides – waiting for hers oh, so patiently!

  22. Roxanne 23

    Great use of leftovers! Cute doggie! :-)

  23. suzan-in-nc 24

    I added some shrimp along with the chicken and made this dish tonight…Wonderful!! My husband said he could easily eat this weekly.Many thanks! Love Noble Pig! I am officially a self-designated piglette!

  24. Kat Foote 25

    What a sweet face! I think he/ she enjoys your cooking too! Love your recipes!

  25. Jennifer Mikhail 26

    Just made these tonight – they were great and came together quickly! A definite do-over!


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