Recipe 16 Mexican Chilli Bean Tortilla

I came across this recipe, enticed by the budget friendly ingredients. I found some wraps reduced in Tesco for 60p, and kidney beans for 20p, it made the meal a real bargain. However, I wasn't really impressed with the recipe. I had to add quite a lot of extra flavour at the end, and it still wasn't great.
When I started doing these recipe a week posts, I wondered if I would come across a recipe I didn't enjoy and what I would do. I will post the recipe, but with ideas on how to make it better.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 x 420g cans pinto or kidney beans, drained
  • 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 large courgette, diced (I used yellow pepper)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp roughly chopped coriander leaves
  • 8 flour or corn tortillas
  • ½ iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1 mini cucumber, cut lengthways into very thin slices using a potato peeler
  • 180ml tub soured cream and chive dip (I used natural yogurt)
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion for 2 mins. Add 1 can of the beans and heat for a further 2-3 mins, while mashing into the onions with a masher or fork to make a rough paste.
  2. Add the remaining can of beans, the tomatoes, courgettes, paprika and 5 tbsp water. Cover and very gently simmer for 10 mins until thickened and pulpy, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with lime juice, salt and pepper, then stir in the coriander. Warm the flour tortillas in a dry frying pan, then lay out with the chilli beans, shredded lettuce, sliced cucumber and soured cream dip. Ask everyone to help themselves: fill, roll and eat!
I added quite a large amount of extra smoked paprika, then also some chilli flakes. When this didn't even give it enough flavour, I added some chipotle paste. I think this would have helped if I had added it sooner or you could perhaps add some fresh chilli.
What I did enjoy about it was the pulpy texture combined with the crunchy lettuce and cucumber. Just don't expect it to be easy to eat!


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