[pinit] Let’s face it: Taco Bell isn’t “real” Mexican food. They do their own thing. But who doesn’t want to Live Más? (remember our Gluten Free Taco Bell-Style Chalupas?). These Gluten Free Taco Bell-Style Smothered Burritos are made with the Gluten Free Flour Tortillas from GFOAS Bakes Bread, covered in my favorite Red Enchilada Sauce, and filled with seasoned shredded chicken, amaaaaaazing creamy chipotle sauce, their Latin rice, hearty beans, and covered in cheese sauce and sour cream. You don’t seal the burrito, since I’d have a heart attack if you tried to eat this smothered burrito with your hands (knife and fork for a smothered burrito, please!). And that means that you can stuff it with all kinds of amazing Taco Bell-style fillings.
Everything in these burritos (which really are more like their “encheritos” than a burrito, really) is important. You need it all for the full effect. But my absolute favorite part (aside from the best flour tortilla everin the history of tortillas) is the creamy chipotle sauce. Oh, the sauce. I must remove the seeds from the chipotle in adobo sauce, but honestly? Leave the seeds in if that’s how you do things in your house. We’re wimps here (all of us except for my husband and son, that is—cliché, but true).
At first glance, with all these ingredients, this may not seem like a weeknight meal. But each and every (simple) part can be made ahead of time—including the flour tortillas. And these days, I always make sure I have some of the red enchilada sauce in my refrigerator. Like, at all times. Even the shredded chicken can be made a couple days in advance. Just let it come to room temperature before you fill your burrito with it. You can even just toss it with some warm red enchilada sauce, and warm it up that way.
Oh, and one more Taco Bell thing before we get down to brass tacks: I’m working on a copycat recipe for Gluten Free Taco Bell-Style Caramel Apple Empanadas. I promise to share it soon!
1 chipotle chili in adobo, rinsed and seeds removed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons sugar
FOR THE LATIN RICE 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 cups cooked long grain rice (I used brown rice, but Taco Bell uses white rice)
FOR THE BEANS 1 1/2 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
8 ounces refried beans (I used Amy’s gluten free refried beans)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
FOR SERVING 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup milk
Prepare the flour tortillas according to the recipe directions. They can be prepared ahead of time and either wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 2 months, or kept wrapped and at room temperature for up to 8 hours. Set the tortillas aside.
Make the chicken. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place the chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, tomato paste, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and sugar, and whisk to combine well. Cover the chicken breasts generously and evenly with the sauce. Place the chicken in the center of the preheated oven and bake until the chicken is opaque throughout (about 15 minutes). Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes before shredded it with two forks.
Make the red sauce. While the chicken is baking, make the enchilada sauce according to the recipe directions. Set the sauce aside.
Make the chipotle sauce. Place all of the chipotle sauce ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Set the sauce aside.
Make the Latin rice. In a medium-size bowl, place all of the ingredients except the rice, and whisk to combine well. Add the cooked rice, and mix gently but thoroughly to combine well. Set the rice aside.
Make the beans. Place the black bans, refried beans, sugar and salt in a medium-size bowl, and mix to combine.
Assemble the burritos. For each tortilla, place from one end to another across the center of the tortilla a layer of the beans, followed by a layer of the Latin rice, chipotle sauce, shredded chicken, and a layer of the red sauce. Roll the tortilla with both ends open and place, seam-side down, on a serving plate. Cover generously with the red sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses with the milk over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Drizzle the top of the burrito with the cheese sauce. Drizzle with sour cream, and serve immediately.