One of the great things about having access to a grocery store with a fabulous butcher is the amazing variety of meats we can purchase. When we first visited this grocery store, we were excited to see sections for lamb and veal, each of which were as big as the chicken section in a typical store. With a department this big and only two freezers in which to store our purchases, we experimented with new cuts, seasonings, and meats in each shopping expedition.
The variety of sausages available there is just as amazing as the rest of the butcher department. They have sausages made from different meats, sausages from different countries, and sausages with different spices. We have tried quite a few from their offering, the most recent of which was lime chipotle sausage.
With a combination of flavors such as lime and chipotle, the sausage practically begged to be used in a Mexican dish. With that Oven Baked Burritos were created. They actually were supposed to be oven baked taquitos, but as I added a hearty amount of filling, they looked more like burritos, and thus, the name was changed.
Of course, if your grocery store doesn’t offer the variety that ours does, you can replace the lime chipotle sausage with another sausage, such as chorizo or hot Italian sausage. Additionally, if you are looking for a milder burrito, you could use ground meat, seasoned or not. It all depends on the amount of flavor you are seeking.
Finally, we used lavash wraps for our wrapper, but tortillas would work just as well. I simply prefer the thinness and texture of the lavash wrap, but I am certain a flour tortilla would work just as well.
- 3/4 lb. bulk lime chipotle sausage
- 3/4 cup cooked black beans
- sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 lavash wraps
- 1 Tb. butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 375. In a large nonstick pan, cook sausage thoroughly. Drain cooked sausage on a paper towel lined plate, and remove all grease from pan.
- Return sausage to pan, and add beans. Cook for a minute or two, or until beans are heated through.
- Cut wraps in half, so that you have two slightly elongated squares. Place a scoop of the sausage and bean mixture in the center of one wrap. Top with shredded cheese.
- Fold in parallel sides, then fold a third side over both of those.
- Brush a little butter on the edge, and fold fourth side on top of that. Place seam side down on baking tray.
- Repeat with 5 remaining wraps and fillings. Brush tops of all burritos with butter.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.