I’m going to tell you about something that doesn’t include cheese.

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And it is very weird for me.

And it has nothing to do with how I actively participated in some major retail therapy over the weekend.

Or nothing to do with how, after trying to watch for years, I still do not understand Mad Men whatsoever or have any clue what is going on besides that afternoon workday cocktails are encouraged.

And it definitely has nothing to do with the fact that I said screw Mad Men, I’m going to watch the highly edited (read: not worth it) version of the Sex and the City movie on E! for the 436th time in my life, which would do the complete opposite than make me think about fatty dairy I want to consume every second of my life.

It has to do with a burrito.

Something mexican food related that has no cheese? Does not compute. It was a complete oversight on my part too, which scares me even more. I didn’t realize the lack of cheese until later.

I totally planned on making some sort of fabulous trashed up queso. I was excited to tell you all about it. To be your queso queen! Fail.

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And the worst part is that without the cheese? These were still… sort of delicious. Does that mean we can classify these as 100% healthy burritos? I believe so. Protein.Lots of fiber.Healthy fats. I mean, I would probably classify this as a healthful meal myself even if it did include massive amounts of cheese, but I know some of my invisible internet friends don’t feel the same way. Whomp whomp.

BUT. Do not fear. I made up for the lack of melty goodness with an obnoxious, borderline inappropriate quantity of guacamole.

Is there any other way?

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I definitely swiped the tequila lime marinade from this steak salad, figuring it was so good on beef that I had to try chicken next. I couldn’t bear another salad so soon though. Oh and FYI, burritos might be the worst thing in the universe to take a picture of, ever. Forever evah.

This makes Monday better.

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Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 2-24 hours (for marinade)

Cook Time: 30 minutes


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup tequila
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
zest of 2 limes

4 burrito-sized tortillas
2 tomatoes, chopped and seasoned with salt + pepper
1 cup of black beans
1 cup of sweet corn
1 cup of shredded lettuce
1/2 cup of guacamole
1/4 cup freshly torn cilantro


Whisk tequila, olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and lime zest in a bowl until combine. Add chicken to a ziplock bag or baking dish and pour marinade ingredients over top. Marinate (in the fridge!) for 2-24 hours, flipping chicken a few times. When you're ready to prepare the burritos, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Remove chicken from the fridge and heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil or nonstick spray and add chicken, searing both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Remove and shred chicken with two forks.

To build the burritos, place the tortillas in the hot oven for a minute or two. Once warm, remove and place on a large square of aluminum foil or parchment paper, topping each with an equal amount of the chicken, beans, corn, lettuce, tomato, guacamole and cilantro. And anything else you want! To wrap the burritos, fold in the top and bottom ends, then roll the burrito together from right to left, rolling the foil or paper with it. To eat, either cut down the center with a serrated knife of remove one of the ends from the foil or paper.

[marinade from my tequila steak salads]

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I don’t think I will make a career out of burrito wrapping anytime soon.

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87 Responses to “Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos.”

  1. #
    Auntie Em — April 16, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    As someone who cooks for a family with several people who can’t have cheese, I was so happy to see a recipe without cheese…even if it was an oversight! A definite happy accident for me!


  2. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — April 16, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    This looks fresh and delicious! I don’t think cheese is completely necessary when guacamole is present. They look great just the way they are!


  3. #
    dixya@food, pleasure, and health — April 16, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    I could watch sex and the city all the time as well and eat this kind of burrito every day..looks so fresh and totally delicious


  4. #
    Shelly — April 16, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    These sound A LOT more exciting than the pecan crusted chicken I have planned for tonight. And the weird thing is I have everything on hand. I think it’s a sign.


  5. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — April 16, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    Wow, these do look extremely delicious even without the cheese! Definitely put me in a burrito mood :)


  6. #
    deanna — April 16, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

    Oh my this looks and sounds delicious!! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing. :)


  7. #
    Stephen — April 16, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    All I can say about this recipe is YUM, YUM! I absolutely can not wait to try thing for dinner. I love the “freshness” appeal. I bet this won’t sit too heavy either!

    Thanks so much for sharing!


  8. #
    Moni Meals — April 16, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Oh yummy! I agree, when there is guac there is not much need for cheese! this meals looks so good. Take that Chipolte!


  9. #
    Rachel — April 16, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

    I feel ya girl, I can’t imagine a Mexi-meal without cheese! But, the “borderline obnoxious” amount of guacamole and a TEQUILA marinade kinda makes up for it :) PS: your burrito pics are still beautiful. if burritos can be beautiful. I still take ALL my pics with my iPhone since I dropped my camera in a lake last summer and am still broke. haha. So, good job. I love your blog and your writing style and your photos! And I’ll keep coming back here even though you ate a burrito without cheese!


  10. #
    Tine — April 16, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog! All of the great recipes with lovely photos always makes me hungry :)
    I have a random question I hope you’ll answer :) you have such a lovely archive for all of your recipes and I was wondering what plugin you are using to create it? :)

    – Tine


  11. #
    Tasia — April 16, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    Where are you finding avacados in Pittsburgh?! i’ve gone to a few places and they have all been really hard :(


  12. #
    MikeVFMK — April 16, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    Yum yum…yum. Tequila what!? That’s what. I had mexican for dinner tonight and now I want to throw caution to the wind (I know, I’m wild and crazy) and have these burritos. Like now. In my….you know. Face.


  13. #
    Gloria @ Simply Gloria — April 16, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

    Jessica, this looks absolutely amazing! I’ve tried taking pics of burritos before as well…and I agree with you! But you rocked the pics (and the burritos)!


  14. #
    Cynthia — April 16, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

    I just tried making this but altered because our oven is not working. It did not come out as well in a frying pan but we also upped the amounts of tequila and lime because we made 3lbs of chicken. I ended up eating it as a salad after the burrito because it tasted better to me. I can’t wait to try it as you have it. Thanks.


  15. #
    jeri — April 16, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    I so hear you. I rarely go a day without cheese. But I find avocados satisfy the same cravings. Today I bought two avocados; one was very nice and the other was the very best avocado I have ever tasted EVER. Everyone enjoyed the nice avocado, and I kept the best ever one for myself. I also hide personal cheese. Do you do things like this, or am I just a bad person?


  16. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 22, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    Made these tonight. They were unbelievable!!! My husband loved them and he’s hard to please sometimes :)


  17. #
    Rachael from Texas — April 23, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    I seriously want these… like right now, even though it’s only 10:40 in the morning. They look delish, as does everything you cook up.


  18. #
    Cynthia Cox — April 24, 2013 @ 12:20 am

    Not a fail! I just realized how much cheese I eat about six months ago. It was a hilarious revelation. I am pretty healthy and a nut over what my daughter eats. But I think I put cheese before water and coffee. Now I look out for recipes without cheese. I love your blog btw! Honestly….Most of the food blogs I follow I skim through to find the recipes, but I enjoy reading yours.


  19. #
    Monica P — April 25, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    Ah, think I’ll be trying this .. this weekend! Love how I don’t have to BBQ! I’m not a good griller, but I sure can skillet cook and shove something in the oven !!



  20. #
    Megan — May 2, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    How did you let your chicken sit in the marinade? I put them in last night, so they would be in it for less than 24 hours. When I went to flip the chicken this morning, the edges of each chicken breast were slightly white, as if the lime juice is cooking them. I’m hoping they turn out okay!!


    • Jessica — May 2nd, 2013 @ 11:53 am

      yes, that is totally fine and normal!


  21. #
    Elizabeth Crull — May 3, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Wow… that tequila lime marinade was… WOW! Amazing is all I can say. So much flavor!


  22. #
    Molly — August 14, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    So I wanted to make shredded chicken in the crock pot for dinner burritos and this is the first burrito recipe I had pinned on my facebook page so I threw all the ingredients in the cock pot…. with rum instead of tequila because I didn’t have any tequila left. Interested to see how it turns out!


    • Molly — August 14th, 2013 @ 9:31 am

      *on my pinterest page


  23. #
    Kalina — December 9, 2013 @ 12:35 am

    Oh, my. I am drooling. Went from the pomegranate cheeseball to this and now I am suddenly craving all kinds of things, from fruit to juicy chicken. You are amazing.



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