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

Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos I howsweeteats.com

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.

Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos I howsweeteats.com

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?

Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos I howsweeteats.com

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.

Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos I howsweeteats.com


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]

Tequila Lime Chicken and Black Bean Burritos I howsweeteats.com

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. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — April 15, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Cheese or no cheese, these sound amazing!


  2. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — April 15, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    I forgive your cheese oversight if you bring me 500 of those burritos.


  3. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — April 15, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Firstly, glad to hear I wasn’t the only one engaging in retail therapy this weekend. Second, love love LOVE the Sex and the City Movie. Third, I’m 100% on board with obnoxious amounts of guacamole, so sign me up for these burritos!


  4. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — April 15, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    I make these kind of burritos weekly! I love them!! LOVE them!! Awesome recipe!!


  5. #
    Dorothy — April 15, 2013 @ 7:39 am

    i don’t have tequila…. do you think a splash of skinnygirl margarita might work in place of it? i’ve been using it to marinate shrimp and its surprisingly yummy :)


  6. #
    Eat.Style.Play — April 15, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    These look amazing!!!


  7. #
    Tieghan — April 15, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    I can not believe I am saying this, but these still sound awesome without the cheese! Oh and burritos/ wraps are the worth thing to photograph! So hard!


  8. #
    DessertForTwo — April 15, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    You’re still my queso queen! :)


  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 15, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    Cheeseless burritos look dang tasty to me! And love that you used 1/3 cup tequila in the chicken. None of this 2 tbsp business I see people do. Lol


  10. #
    Not Only Sugar — April 15, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    I love burritos..

    Not Only Sugar


  11. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — April 15, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    While cheese is great, I admit I might not always go the cheesy route for my burrito. It taste so much fresher when you don’t have cheese on it. Maybe the flavour shine through more? I don’t know, but great post


  12. #
    Honey What's Cooking — April 15, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Looks wonderful. I actually prefer chicken without cheese. i don’t know, don’t find that they go together. But I love chicken with guac. Looks awesome.


  13. #
    Janabelle — April 15, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Sometimes the cheese just gets lost in things like burritos anyway and I’d rather just save it to eat by itself or melted on toast. ;-)

    That being said, these burritos look ah-MAZ-ing. I don’t even know where to find tequila in the liquor store, though. I’ve never been futher than the Bailey’s and Kaluha aisle. I’m a total boozy failure. Sounds like a field trip is in order!


  14. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — April 15, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Nice, I am a cheese fiend though but these look awesome! And yes hard to get pics :)


  15. #
    Christina — April 15, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    Ohmygoodness this looks and sounds marvelous! But I think I”ll trade out the chicken for tilapia instead. Thanks!!


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — April 15, 2013 @ 9:10 am

    I want to eat this for breakfast. Also, I forgive you for the lack of cheese–I feel like extra guacamole makes up for it :)

    I think we were scanning channels at the exact same time last night! Because I was on Madmen for a sec (couldn’t get into that show ever), then S & C, and then decided to move on to finish the end of the Italian Job. What did you buy over the weekend?!


  17. #
    joelle @ on a pink typewriter — April 15, 2013 @ 9:11 am

    Yummmmmmmmm. I’ve been craving Mexican food and made some enchiladas last night.


  18. #
    Ellie @ Ginger Bear Kitchen — April 15, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    I took some chicken out of the freezer to defrost last night with other plans for it. Now I’m making these! They look fantastic and I love that I have all the ingredients on hand. I can’t wait for dinner time!


  19. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 15, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    And I totally didn’t know what to make for dinner tonight… Mystery solved! These look delcious!


  20. #
    Ashley — April 15, 2013 @ 9:23 am

    I would take a pile of guac in my Mexican food over cheese any day!


  21. #
    Lori — April 15, 2013 @ 9:48 am

    Hi. I’ve just decided that I adore you. Your writing sounds like my inner voice and every single recipe makes me drool.


  22. #
    SaltySweetSour — April 15, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    I think even without the cheese they can still be delicious – especially with ridiculous amounts of guacamole.


  23. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 15, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Woah! I might have to break my pescatarianism for this baby.


  24. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — April 15, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    mmm tequila lime chicken sounds fantastic!


  25. #
    FashionEdible — April 15, 2013 @ 10:54 am

    I don’t know. I think chicken corn soup competes pretty well with burritos for the absolute worst food to photograph (beans and corn never look good, I guess). Regardless, they still manage to make my mouth water. So I guess they do look appetizing after all!


  26. #
    Larry — April 15, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    Those look super freakin delish! I really wish someone had invented smell-o-vision by now. How is that not a thing?


  27. #
    marie@fallingboston — April 15, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    I’m always looking for something to dress up chicken, that for some reason I compulsively buy at the grocery store without having any idea how I’m going to use it. And any excuse to have tequila on hand is a winner in my book. Can’t wait to try these with a margarita (or 3 this weekend!)


  28. #
    Kelsey K. — April 15, 2013 @ 1:31 pm

    Welp. These look delicious. Adding it to the list.


  29. #
    Rachel — April 15, 2013 @ 1:40 pm

    These look incredible! I’ve been on a huge Mexican kick lately, yum.


  30. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — April 15, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Loving these lovely burritos! Avocados are the new cheese…


  31. #
    lisag — April 15, 2013 @ 2:24 pm

    Cheese or no cheese these look awesome!


  32. #
    Nicole @ Mediterranean Baby — April 15, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    I love this recipe. My son loves black beans, guac, and chicken, so this is perfect, sans the tequila! :)


  33. #
    tracy {pale yellow} — April 15, 2013 @ 4:02 pm

    Burritos are a dish I don’t need cheese in, it’s nice to take a step back from the queso every now and then again. I’ve never thought to make burritos at home, usually they are an order in type of meal. These look fantastic!


  34. #
    Holly Hoff @ EatGreatBEGreat — April 15, 2013 @ 4:19 pm

    I’m lactose intolerant, so this is perfect for me! Look forward to giving it a try!


  35. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — April 15, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    I LOVE tequila lime chicken, looking forward to trying a new recipe!


  36. #
    Katie — April 15, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    Will you still like me if I admit to you that I don’t actually love, love cheese? I KNOW. But because of that weirdness, I’m pretty sure this burrito was wrapped-up just for me.


  37. #
    Valentina at The Baking Fairy — April 15, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    Oh.Em.Gee. These sound amazing! I will be adding these to my dinner rotation for sure. I started omitting the cheese from Mexican food when I realized that, at Freebird’s, if you say no cheese they let you choose something way better. Like guacamole or sliced avocado. The food is just as yummy, too!


  38. #
    Juliana Walters — April 15, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    Now that you have saved 200 calories worth of cheese on your burrito you can have another beer! Yay!


  39. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — April 15, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

    I’m not sure if I have ever seen a better looking burrito! I need me some of that!


  40. #
    Lisa — April 15, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    It looks so good!!! Can you really taste the tequila? ‘Cuz me and tequila don’t mix…. ;)


  41. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — April 15, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    booze in dinner… I’m in!


  42. #
    ashley - baker by nature — April 15, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    Ugh I got sucked into watching the sex and the city movie last week, too! Wish I was eating one of these sassy burritos instead!


  43. #
    Nicole — April 15, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    This looks delicious! The avocado looks divine!


  44. #
    Courtney @ BakeMeBetter — April 15, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

    The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was that would be awesome with cheese! I’ll take the extra guacamole and a side of margarita. I love what you did with the limes in your photo.


  45. #
    Sarah McD — April 15, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    You will ALWAYS be the queso queen! I’m actually planning to go through your recipe archives for an excellent trashed up dish to take to a potluck this weekend. Which in all likelihood will include queso.


  46. #
    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — April 16, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    I love the tequila-lime combo!


  47. #
    tania@mykitchenstories.com.au — April 16, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    A great combination looks very dellicious


  48. #
    Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks — April 16, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    Who cares if there’s no cheese when they look as delicious as that!!


  49. #
    Aurora Satler — April 16, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Photographing burritos is never easy but these look phenomenal. Please keep up with the obnoxious amounts of guacamole!


  50. #
    Alyssa — April 16, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    I have a lot of appreciation for a good burrito!!



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