Balancing Burritos


I love Mexican food. Give me burritos, tamales, frijoles y arroz, anything spicy. I even love Mexican candy- generally considered by most people I’ve talked to to be…odd. I grew up eating Mexican food for every major holiday and what can I say? Chipotle peppers and cilantro just have a way of cropping up in my cooking.

The thing I don’t love about Mexican cooking is it’s tendency to be heavy. Tonight I made burritos filled with spicy refried pinto beans, queso fresco (and cheddar for Andrew), greek yogurt, and salsa. I like multiple components on my plate because I like a variety of flavors and textures, so I threw together a little slaw of jicama, carrot, and red cabbage in a lively, limey dressing to accompany them.

Jicama-Carrot Bliss

Jicama Slaw with Agave-Lime Dressing

1 carrot, shredded

1/2 medium jicama, peeled and shredded (about 1/2- 3/4 cup)

1/4 cup finely shredded red cabbage

1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro


1 lime, zested and juiced

1 teaspoon agave

1 teaspoon olive oil

pinch of salt


Combine veggies and herbs in a medium bowl and toss to mix. In separate bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over veggies, tossing to coat evenly. Serves 2-4 depending on how big your burritos are.

Feel free to add some cayenne or other spicy pepper to make it hot. Our burritos were spicy so I decided against it. To make it a meal, you could add some cooked quinoa or rice and black beans and double the dressing. I’m not sure, but I bet a splash of tequila would be a tasty addition to the dressing…

Now that you have this quick and healthy little salad to add to your Mexican repertoire, stay tuned for a tamale tutorial this weekend 🙂


About lacocinaencantada

I live, work, study, and of course cook in Portland. I find nature continuously inspiring and love verdant pacific northwest for its lush and wild charm. I love cooking, baking, drawing, painting, photography, running, yoga, and spending time with people I care about. I believe in eating real food: minimally processed, no weird additives, heavy on the fresh produce and whole grains. I also believe in eating delicious food. Healthy food should be creative, inspiring, and yes taste good! While I strive to make healthful recipes, I never sacrifice taste for "low cal" or "low fat." Everything in moderation is key! I hope to share some of my recipes and thoughts on food or heath issues here. Enjoy :)

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