Eight-layer Burritos with Slow Cooker Black Beans and Apple Bars

by Kelly on October 21, 2009

I’m back at work after a wonderful 16 weeks of maternity leave (probably shockingly short to our non‑U.S. readers). Life is hectic now, to say the least. There is less time for sleeping, cleaning, snuggling, and, of course, cooking. Family dinners together are still one of my top priorities though. I’d rather have a messy house than skip the half-hour table time with my husband and little ones. So, in an attempt to protect our family dinnertime, I’ve taken my Crock-Pot out of storage. I have a feeling I may need to clear a permanent space on the kitchen counter for it.

Beans are one of my favorite dishes to make in a Crock-Pot. Unlike a lot of other ingredients that tend to dissolve in the slow cooker, the texture of beans doesn’t suffer much after a full day of slow cooking. Since Reuben took care of the beans in the morning, dinner was a cinch to put together. I even had enough to energy to bake a cake when he mentioned that he “could go for some cake” after we finished our burritos. Thank you to my friend Lucinda for this bars/snack cake recipe. It’s quick and easy enough to throw together after dinner and I almost always have the ingredients in my house. Kristin also pointed out that this cake would be a great way to celebrate Apple Day, which is today.

Eight-layer Burritos with Slow Cooker Black Beans

Serves 6

1 lb (450 g) dry black beans, rinsed and picked over
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cumin
8 cups (2 liters) water
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)
12 flour tortillas
2 to 3 cups (200 g to 300 g) cooked rice (white or brown)
toppings: shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, diced tomatoes, julienned bell pepper

Combine the beans, onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, cumin, water and bacon (if using) in a slow cooker. Cook on the low setting for 7 to 9 hours, until the beans are tender. Add salt to the cooked beans to taste, usually 1 to 2 teaspoons.

Toast the tortillas over an open flame on a gas burner for 10 to 20 seconds on each side. If you don’t have a gas stove, warm on a baking sheet in a preheated oven for 5 minutes.

Fill each tortilla with rice, beans and toppings, to taste.


Apple Bars

from allrecipes.com

Makes 16 bars

1/2 cup (110 g) butter, melted
1 cup (200 g) white sugar
1 egg
1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (110 g) apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
1 cup (100 g) chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour an 8 x 8‑inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with the sugar and egg. Mix in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon, and then stir in the apple and walnuts. Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, or until a small knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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