Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Doesn’t this look . . . soooo good . . . ?


Ugh. I don’t even care. It looks awful because I’m a total d-bag and added way too much sour cream thinking, “oooo it will be so creamy and so awesome and so gorgeous an-” No. It’s so not.

But the sun is out and my babies slept through the night and I’m two pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and my hair is only semi-gross, so I’m singing, baby! Even with the hugest food photography fail of all the times.

Maybe if I show you a photo of diced chicken? Would that help?



What about a skillet with diced chicken, black beans, red bell pepper, cilantro and the salsa verde being poured onto the mix . . . what do you think? Helping at all?

Anything? Nothing? Go away forever?


The thing is, this is a ridiculous hot mess in your face. It’s seriously delicious. And I hate the word delicious.

But you already know that because seasoned chicken, black beans, red bell pepper, salsa verde, cheese, a huge honkin’ spinach tortilla so gawgeously pan-crisped all over. You have to pan-crisp it or else your house will be haunted by cave crickets for all eternity.

Have you SEEN what cave crickets look like? Terrifying. Don’t google image them at bedtime.

Something else not to google image at bedtime? Tonsil stones. Don’

You know what, I added the sour cream because it’s just the only thing that made sense to me. I can’t not listen to my soul fairies, you know.


Now that I’m looking at this again I think it looks awesome. Okay bye.

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean Burritos:

What it took for 4:

* 1 tsp each: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, poultry seasoning
* 1 pinch of salt and pepper
* 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 pound chicken breast
* 1 (14.5 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
* 1 red bell pepper
* 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
* 1/2 cup jarred salsa verde (or canned, or homemade!)
* 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
* 4 large spinach tortillas
* sour cream (a dollop per burrito, if you want. optional!)
* sliced avocado

Mix all the spices in a small bowl, including the salt and pepper. Toss with your fingers. Season the chicken on both sides with the spices.

Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add the chicken and sear on both sides for about 4 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the pan, let rest for 5 minutes, then give it a dice.

Back in the pan add the diced chicken, beans, red bell pepper, most of the cilantro and the salsa verde. Toss to combine and warm through. Taste it. Need a pinch of salt? Maybe a squeeze of lime juice?

Evenly divide the mix among 4 spinach tortillas. Top with 1/2 cup (each) of the cheese and a dollop of sour cream, if you want your burrito to look horrible.

Roll up the burrito and place it back in the (cleaned) skillet and brown the tortilla all over, just a couple of minutes total.

Serve with remaining cilantro and slice avocado!


I should have added more sour cream.

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42 Responses to Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

  1. Tieghan April 1, 2014 at 7:54 am #
    Looks like a damn good hot mess to me. I take one of these any day, any time! Oh and ya for the babies sleeping through the night!
  2. Cassie April 1, 2014 at 7:58 am #
    Dying for one of these. Breakfast, maybe?
  3. Mel G April 1, 2014 at 8:16 am #
    I absolutely would've added sour cream! Yay to babies sleeping thru *high five*
  4. kelly @ livelovepasta April 1, 2014 at 8:28 am #
    I don't think there's such thing as too much sour cream. I'd scarf this down for sure!
  5. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective April 1, 2014 at 8:50 am #
    Yes, this looks soooo very good! I love salsa verde! A must try for sure!
  6. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 1, 2014 at 8:53 am #
    You lost me at "I'm 2 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight." Dear God. You're officially my hero. And that doesn't even touch on the whisper of the cilantro you added!
  7. Jennifer J April 1, 2014 at 9:01 am #
    Making these tonight! So excited!
  8. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 1, 2014 at 9:10 am #
    STTN is quite possibly the best thing ever. EVER. I tear through the house squealing every time it happens. Well, after the bebe has finally woke that is. Doing so beforehand would be a tad dumb on my part ;) Way to go mama!
  9. Annika April 1, 2014 at 9:40 am #
    Everything is better with cream... Mostly. This looks delicious (I don't care if you hate that word). Yum! Until we have babies we don't know how valuable sleep is. And way to go with the baby weight!
  10. Claire Gallam April 1, 2014 at 9:53 am #
  11. Amy @Very Culinary April 1, 2014 at 10:15 am #
    Um, I'd violate that, so it looks good to me! And only 2 pounds? GO. YOU.
  12. Darcy April 1, 2014 at 11:01 am #
    Congrats on being back to your pre-baby weight! And this looks! :)
  13. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd April 1, 2014 at 11:15 am #
    it looks like a delicious mess which is awesome..
  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks April 1, 2014 at 11:18 am #
    This is gorgeous and you sound like you're back at your fighting weight (so fast!) - bravo! Love all the colors in this! pinned
  15. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe April 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm #
    Looks good to me! My food regularly looks like a hot mess, so I ain't judging!
  16. Stephanie April 1, 2014 at 1:13 pm #
    There is never too much sour cream.
  17. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes April 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm #
    first of all congrats on the pre-preggos weight, that was pretty damn quick girrrl! and umm, I'm a sour cream animal who literally smothers it on everything because I have no self esteem - so yeah, I was sketchily into that first photo.
  18. DessertForTwo April 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm #
    I still think it's beautiful. Congrats on the pre-preggo weight; that was super fast! But you eat like one should, so please tell me that's all I have to do, right? Right?? Hullo? is this thing on? xo
  19. Meredith April 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm #
    Over the top amazing!
  20. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps April 1, 2014 at 4:56 pm #
    I think this still looks pretty dang delicious!! The more sour cream the better. ALWAYS. Sorry for shouting.
  21. Melanie @ Carmel Moments April 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm #
    Still looks good. And yay! for all those little accomplishments. You go, Mommy! Have another beautifully sound sleepful night. :)
  22. Louisa [Living Lou] April 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm #
    The thing about burritos is that they aren't meant to look "good", and it doesn't even matter because in the end because you eat them so quickly, you don't even get a chance to look at them! Now I'm craving burritos. Yum.
  23. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg April 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm #
    This looks awesome. I want to dive in.
  24. ashley - baker by nature April 1, 2014 at 10:22 pm #
    That sour cream is seductive to a fat-girl-at-heart like me! More, more, more! And go YOU on those sleeping babies and pounds dropping! ROCK STAR MAMA -------------> YOU!
  25. Jennie @themessybakerblog April 2, 2014 at 6:11 am #
    I think this looks pretty dang awesome. I happen to love sour cream, so this is a win. Pinned!
  26. Amanda April 2, 2014 at 9:02 am #
    Looks so very good!
  27. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 2, 2014 at 9:41 am #
    OMG... These need to get it my mouf!
  28. Courtney @ Neighborfood April 2, 2014 at 11:04 am #
    Ummm that sour cream ratio looks absolutely perfect to me! What a burrito without a giant glob of sour cream in the center?!
  29. ATasteOfMadness April 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm #
    I think this looks awesome!! I am totally drooling over this.
  30. Meagan April 3, 2014 at 10:48 am #
    For what it's worth, the image at the top of this page made me follow you on Bloglovin'. :-)
  31. Heather @ Goodlicious April 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm #
    My "baby" is 2 and still doesn't sleep through the night. Neither does my 5-yo for that matter; this morning he woke me up because his CD player wasn't working - the volume was turned all the way down. Ugh. I love grilled burritos, and this looks wonderful. I'm going to try it next week. So glad I found your site. Yum.
  32. Katie Tozer April 7, 2014 at 7:41 pm #
    I made these tonight and they were incredible! Thanks for the fantastic recipe!
  33. She's Peculiar April 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm #
    I just returned from Mexico and this looks just as good as the food I devoured while there!!!
  34. Jen June 17, 2014 at 10:37 am #
    Happened upon your recipe online last night and couldn't wait to make them! They were so delicious - my kids loved them and my husband said they were "restaurant quality". Thanks so much!
  35. Ashley April 30, 2015 at 9:21 pm #
    Made these tonight! YUM! So good!
  36. Michael Williams October 31, 2017 at 3:31 am #
    Thank you. I made this for the day of the dead tonight and it was lovely.


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