Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Neat-O Chili-Frito Burrito

Per Serving (entire recipe): 6 Points+
248 calories, 5.75g fat, 790mg sodium, 39g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 15.5g protein

The recipe: "300 under 300", page 351

I generally don't buy unhealthy snacks, but occasionally my husband does (annoying!).  Not only is it challenging having junk food in the house, but he usually forgets it is even there, and it will sit there in the cupboards for weeks on end torturing me.  This is the case with the bag of Fritos that has been in our cupboard for the past couple of months unopened.  Fortunately, I am not much of a fan of Fritos, but with chili, they are pretty tasty.  I found this recipe and decided it was time to open the bag and remind my husband that it was there.

This burrito turned out small, but really good.  I liked the crunch of the Fritos in the burrito, as well as the taste of the cheesy chili.  If it wasn't so many calories, I would have definitely eaten two of these.  My husband also thought they were delicious.  So delicious, that he ate four of them for dinner (he is obviously not counting calories!).  I made a salad to go with mine, and was perfectly happy with my dinner.  The only problem is, now we have an OPEN bag of Fritos in the house - even more dangerous than a closed bag!  I will probably just end up tossing it after I am sure he has forgotten about it again.

I used vegetarian Hormel chili for this recipe, although you can also use turkey chili for about the same amount of calories.  These burritos were very quick and easy to make - a definite plus.  Just heat up a can of chili, add chili, shredded fat-free cheddar cheese, Fritos, and diced onion in a tortilla, and there is your burrito.  If you heat the chili in the microwave, you don't even need to get a pan dirty.  Yeah!

If you plan on making this recipe, try to get the 100-calorie packs of Fritos.  According to the HG book, they do exist, which is probably a better idea than having an open back of chips in the cupboard.  If you have the willpower, though, by all means buy a whole bag.

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