Monday, November 15, 2010

November 7, 2010: Mix 'n' match burritos

After reading gushing comments about Viva Vegan all over Twitter by the likes of Mandee and Zuckerbaby, Cindy and I decided it was time to add another recipe book to our pile. Its first job was to provide us with some ideas for a Sunday dinner with Cindy's aunt. Just flicking through Viva Vegan was an overwhelming experience - there are so many amazing-sounding recipes in it that choosing what to make became a long and frustrating process. We ended up doing a bit of ad-libbing and a bit of recipe following, and coming up with these burritos - filled with a mix of refried beans, spicy corn and hominy salad, greens and avocado. They were excellent, resulting in a bout of over-eating from me - there's something about beans and avocado that switches off my restraint.

Spicy corn and hominy salad 
(dressing inspired by the creamy ancho chile dressing from Viva Vegan)

2 cobs corn
400g can hominy, drained and rinsed
1 canned chipotle (chopped finely) and ~ 1 tablespoon of the accompanying adobo sauce
3/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lime juice

Shuck the corn cobs and roast them whole over a hot fry-pan, turning every 5 or 10 minutes - you want the kernels to start blackening on the outside. Cool and then cut the kernels off the cob.

Make the dressing by combining the chipotle, adobo sauce, mayo and lime juice.

Combine the roasted corn, the hominy and about half the dressing (the rest is great as sauce on almost anything).

Refried beans 
(based on the home-style refried beans from Viva Vegan)

2 x 400g cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 brown onion, diced finely
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped finely (we found jalepenos at Safeway, which was surprising to me)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
3 bay leaves (less if yours aren't two years old and kind of flavourless)
salt and pepper
2-3 cups of water
3 tablespoons olive oil

Heat the oil in a frying pan (preferably not a non-stick one, you're going to be mashing directly in the pan) and cook the garlic, onion and chillies for about 10 minutes, until everything is nice and soft.

Add the cumin, oregano and chilli powder and stir through.

Add the beans, bay leaves and 2 cups of the water, stirring everything together. Bring to the boil and then simmer for about 20 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed - you want to end up with a centimetre or so of water left.

Fish out the bay leaves and get rid of them, before mashing the beany mix with a potato masher - try to get them fairly smooth. Stir and cook for another 5 or 10 minutes, adding more water as things dry out.

Serve on warm tortillas, with a a few tablespoons of the corn and hominy salad, some smushed avocado (with a dash of lime juice and tabasco stirred through it) and some shredded lettuce.


  1. I love hearing that other people have gone out and purchased Viva Vegan!

    That burrito looks delicious, I wish it was my lunch.

  2. I love burritos and finding new fillings - I must hunt down that hominy

  3. That looks delicious, I really have to buy that book.

  4. Oh goodness, these look amazing, I feel instantly hungry just from looking at the photo!

    Incidentally, where on earth did you find canned hominy?

  5. That looks amazing, I'm all about beans! Yum!!

  6. Johanna & Hayley - Michael bought the hominy in a big 800g can from Casa Iberica (Johnston St, Fitzroy). It's funny stuff, the kernels are larger, more starchy and less sweet than corn... kinda like a corn-chickpea hybrid. :-)