Gourmet Camping Recipe: Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Jan 15, 2013 by     2 Comments    Posted under: Camping, Camping Recipes, Recipes
Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burrito

Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burrito

It’s the middle of January and I took my scout crew camping this past weekend in Garden Valley Idaho.  It was -10° as I slept curled up in my sub-zero sleeping bag with another one draped over me.  I slept warm (except for my face), and had a great time being all manly in the snowy wonderland.  I knew it was going to be a cold trip, so I wanted something hearty and energy giving to keep us burning warm.  The protein, fiber, and carbs of these burritos was just the thing.  I also knew that doing a bunch of prep and cooking in 5° weather would be miserable, so I precooked and prepared everything in advance so that all I had to do was re-heat, assemble, and grill the burritos.  They were a huge success, and very delicious.  Every bit as good as what you’d find at a great taco/burrito food truck.

Ingredients Needed to Make Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

This recipe makes about 13 very large burritos, so you may want to reduce to fit your needs.

  • 4.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 limes
  • Good quality taco seasoning mix (like Tradewinds Specialty Blend)
  • 4 cans (15 ounce cans) black beans
  • 24 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Head of cabbage, finely shredded (or a bag of coleslaw mix)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra large flour tortilla wraps, like Don Poncho’s Wraps (sourced at WinCo)
  • Baja sauce

How to Make Baja Sauce

  • 1.25 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Good quality taco seasoning mix to taste (like Tradewinds Specialty Blend), roughly 1.5 teaspoons
  • Roughly 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Roughly 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together to form a smooth sauce, seasoning to taste with taco seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Place in a squeeze bottle and refrigerate until needed.

How to Make Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burritos While Camping

While at home, butterfly the chicken breasts and sever the halves, essentially making two thin breasts.  Place the breasts in a baking pan or large plate, and squeeze the juice of 1 lime over them, and sprinkle liberally with taco seasoning mix and salt and pepper.  Turn breasts over and repeat with another lime and more seasoning.  The point of this is to maximize the flavoring of the chicken.  Heat a grill pan or BBQ grill to hot, then add the chicken and cook until done, about 4 minutes on each side.  Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes.  Cut breasts in half, length wise, then into thin strips so that you have pieces about 1″ long or so.  Place the pieces into a gallon size zip lock bag, and add the juice of another lime to the bag.  Close the bag and toss to evenly coat pieces with the lime juice.  Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.  Place the bag in your cooler and take camping with you for onsite assembly later.

Similarly, drain and rinse the beans, place in a gallon sized zip lock bag, and add the juice of 1 lime to them.  Seal and toss to coat, seasoning with salt if needed.  Place in your cooler and take camping with you for onsite assembly later.

At your camp site, heat a camp stove/griddle to medium high (or place a griddle pan over camp fire coals until medium hot).  Heat some butter or oil on the griddle.  Add chicken and beans, keeping in separate piles if you’d like, and heat through until hot.  Heat a second griddle (or remove chicken and beans and use the same one) for grilling the burritos on.

Assemble the burritos by placing an extra large flour tortilla on a camping plate, then add a large handful of grated cheese, roughly 3-4 ounces of chicken pieces, a little less beans, 2 handfuls of shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix, and top liberally with Baja sauce.  Fold tortilla to form a burrito, and place on the griddle.  Grill on both sides until golden brown and cheese is melted.  Serve hot and eat voraciously.

Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Camping

Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burrito Camping

 

Recipe by Jothan Yeager, January 2013

 

The Bald Gourmet goes camping in zero degree weather and makes delicious Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burritos.

 

Gourmet Camping Recipe: Grilled Baja Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
 
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These burritos are the perfect cold-weather camping meal, but are equally as good anytime of the year in the great outdoors or in your own back yard.
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Camping
Servings: 13

Ingredients
  • 4.5 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 limes
  • Good quality taco seasoning mix (like Tradewinds Specialty Blend)
  • 4 cans (15 ounce cans) black beans
  • 24 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Head of cabbage, finely shredded (or a bag of coleslaw mix)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra large flour tortilla wraps, like Don Poncho’s Wraps (sourced at WinCo)
  • Baja Sauce Ingredients
  • 1.25 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Good quality taco seasoning mix to taste (like Tradewinds Specialty Blend), roughly 1.5 teaspoons
  • Roughly ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • Roughly ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
  1. Mix all Baja Sauce ingredients together to form a smooth sauce, seasoning to taste with taco seasoning, salt, and pepper. Place in a squeeze bottle and refrigerate until needed.
  2. While at home: butterfly the chicken breasts and sever the halves, essentially making two thin breasts. Place the breasts in a baking pan or large plate, and squeeze the juice of 1 lime over them, and sprinkle liberally with taco seasoning mix and salt and pepper. Turn breasts over and repeat with another lime and more seasoning. The point of this is to maximize the flavoring of the chicken.
  3. Heat a grill pan or BBQ grill to hot, then add the chicken and cook until done, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Cut breasts in half, length wise, then into thin strips so that you have pieces about 1″ long or so. Place the pieces into a gallon size zip lock bag, and add the juice of another lime to the bag. Close the bag and toss to evenly coat pieces with the lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed. Place the bag in your cooler and take camping with you for onsite assembly later.
  5. Similarly, drain and rinse the beans, place in a gallon sized zip lock bag, and add the juice of 1 lime to them. Seal and toss to coat, seasoning with salt if needed. Place in your cooler and take camping with you for onsite assembly later.
  6. At your camp site: heat a camp stove/griddle to medium high (or place a griddle pan over camp fire coals until medium hot). Heat some butter or oil on the griddle. Add chicken and beans, keeping in separate piles if you’d like, and heat through until hot.
  7. Heat a second griddle (or remove chicken and beans and use the same one) for grilling the burritos on.
  8. Assemble the burritos by placing an extra large flour tortilla on a camping plate, then add a large handful of grated cheese, roughly 3-4 ounces of chicken pieces, a little less beans, 2 handfuls of shredded cabbage/coleslaw mix, and top liberally with Baja sauce. Fold tortilla to form a burrito, and place on the griddle. Grill on both sides until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  9. Serve hot and eat voraciously.

2 Comments + Add Comment

  • Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your
    next write ups thank you once again.

  • I made these for dinner tonight…YUUUUUMMMMMMM!!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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